Jamie Carragher fears more Everton points deductions to shake up relegation fight | Football | Sport

Jamie Carragher believes that Everton will have an extra ‘one or two’ points deducted from their Premier League tally despite seeing their initial punishment reduced on appeal. The Toffees were docked 10 points in November following alleged breaches of Premier League profit and sustainability rules, but this was reduced to a six-point deduction last week.

The news of Everton’s successful appeal came as a huge boost to their hopes of staying in England’s top flight, with Sean Dyche’s side now five points above the relegation zone. However, it has been suggested by Carragher that another points deduction could be on the way for a separate charge, in a blow that would put Everton right back into the mix.

Speaking on the Stick to Football podcast by Sky Bet, Carragher said: “Everton’s sanction is from last season, whereas the Nottingham Forest situation is from this season. However, the problem with Everton is because it’s a three-year period, the new sanction includes two [from the previous two years].

“What they’re saying is: ‘we’ve already been punished for those three years and two of those [charges] are in there so we can’t get punished again another six points, when we’ve already been punished for those two years’. I think Everton might get one or two points, and Nottingham Forest will probably get six [points].”

Everton’s initial deduction was a punishment for breaking profit and sustainability rules in the three-year period to 2021/22. They have since been placed under investigation over further alleged breaches in their accounts for 2022/23, with the Toffees facing an anxious wait to discover if they will be sanctioned again.

Forest have also been charged for alleged breaches in the same period, meaning they also face the prospect of being docked points in the near future. The case must be heard by April 8 but any appeal could take that process to May 24, the week after the Premier League season concludes.

Gary Neville went on to suggest that Forest will not be deducted more than six points because of the precedent set by the Premier League in punishing Everton, saying: “If they give every team six points for breaking these rules, teams will know what they’re going to get.

“[The] first thing that needs to happen is they need to make it in-season, so the three-year, £105million, they need to make it that your losses need to be contained within one season. They need to do that. That will deal with a lot of these issues because then you are not measuring it over the three years.”

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