THE Premier League table will look quite different if Everton and Nottingham Forest are hit with a points deduction.
Both clubs are facing the prospect of six point deductions after being accused of breaching the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability (PSR) rules.
Prem rules allow clubs who spend three consecutive season’s in the top flight can make “permitted losses” of up to £105million over a three-season rolling cycle.
All 20 top-flight clubs had until December 31 to hand over their final accounts for the 2022-23 season.
Regulations introduced last summer meant today was the deadline for charges to be brought.
If these are upheld they face a minimum deduction of six points, which would drastically alter the look of the top flight.
Everton, who are already appealing the ten-point deduction they were hit by in November for breaches in 2021-22, would plunge into the relegation zone with a further six-point penalty.
Sean Dyche‘s side currently sit 17th in the table on 17 points.
Chalking off another six points from the Toffees total would leave them second from bottom on 11 points, and crucially three points adrift of safety once Forest’s own prospective penalty is applied.
In Forest’s case, Nuno Espirito Santo‘s team would drop to 17th and just two points above the relegation zone after seeing their points total drop from 20 to 14 points.
Subsequently, Luton would be boosted out of the bottom three while Burnley would move to within two points of climbing out of drop zone.
Of course, this hypothetical scenario assumes the two sides are hit with the minimum penalty for a breach.
However, “PSR” rules dictate a further point is deducted for every £5m a club is in excess of the allowed limits.
Everton were in breach of these limits by £19.5m in the 2021-22 season, causing them to be struck with an additional four points on top of the minimum six-point deduction, totalling ten points.
Both clubs have issued statements acknowledging the charges brought by the Premier League.
An Everton statement said: “Everton Football Club acknowledges the Premier League’s decision to refer a breach of Profit & Sustainability rules (PSR) for the assessment period ending with the 2022-23 season to an independent Premier League commission…
“The club must now defend another Premier League complaint which includes the very same financial periods for which it has already been sanctioned, before that appeal has even been heard.
“The Club takes the view that this results from a clear deficiency in the Premier League’s rules.”
A Forest statement said: “The club intends to continue to cooperate fully with the Premier League on this matter and are confident of a speedy and fair resolution.”
Both clubs now have 14 days to respond to the charges.
A hearing must be completed by April 8, allowing any punishment to be imposed before the end of the season.
Clubs can then appeal, with the verdict of a subsequent panel potentially coming after the season has finished but BEFOREnext term’s top-flight 20 members are confirmed by their presence at the annual summer meeting in June, when each promoted club takes over the “share” of a relegated side.
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