The former Liverpool man and legend took to his X (formerly Twitter) on Sunday to say, “The punishment of a 10-point deduction from Everton’s points tally is excessive and not right. Everton should know that they have worked with the Premier League (PL) committee over the last few years on financial matters. They have not tried to evade and drag it out like other clubs have.”
“There must have been a lot of pressure to deal with the Everton issue. The top six teams in the PL tried to leave the league and there were no sanctions, so when you look at that, it makes this punishment even more unjust.” Carragher is referring to the Super League. Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal have attempted to leave the PL to form the Super League.레모나토토 도메인
Finally, Carragher emphasized that “until other clubs (facing similar allegations) are sanctioned, Everton will not be able to erase the feeling that they are being taken advantage of.”
Alan Stubbs, who also played for Everton, said: “It’s an incredibly harsh punishment. There will be anger. What I feel is that we need to stick together. It’s a shame about the running of the club, but that’s a different matter. We have to move together.” Some Everton fans are ready to make banners and flags to show their protest, and are even reportedly fundraising.
Everton’s 10-point deduction is causing a stir in the PL. “Everton’s points for breaching the PL’s profitability and sustainability rules will be deducted by 10 points with immediate effect,” the PL secretariat announced on Sunday via official channels. This leaves Everton with four points, tied with last-place Burnley. While there’s still plenty of time left in the season, losing 10 points is a huge blow. The Toffees are instantly relegation candidates.
Everton is an iconic English club. They’ve been in the top flight for 70 seasons and have won the title nine times. They were a founding member of the PL and have never been relegated since. Recently, there was a crisis. They started with Rafa Benitez, were saved by Frank Lampard, and when Lampard fell into crisis, Sean Dyche came in and took over. That’s the story of the last two seasons.
So far this season, they have 14 points from 12 PL games. They’re not doing consistently well, but they’re better than in previous years. A 10-point deduction is a slap in the face to Everton’s mid-table hopes. With four points, Everton are in 19th place, ahead of Burnley on goal difference, but effectively bottom of the table. This will have a detrimental effect on any future relegation battles, and most importantly, the team will be in a bad mood, which will disrupt operations.
The tough action was taken because the PL deemed the club to be in breach of its own financial regulations. Losses must not exceed £150 million over a three-year period. Everton’s losses over the past three years were estimated at £124.5 million. After a five-month hearing, Everton’s losses were accepted and a 10-point deduction was reached.
Naturally, Everton fought back. “We are shocked and disappointed by the PL Committee’s ruling. We believe it imposed an unjustified sporting sanction and the appeal process has already begun. In the meantime, the club has been transparent and forthcoming with the PL Committee. We do not accept the findings and do not understand the issues raised by the PL Committee. The sanctions were unjust, harsh, not fair and reasonable. We will be watching to see how they treat other PL clubs,” he said in a strongly worded statement.
Ellis Nordhoff, who runs the Everton fan page, told the BBC: “It’s shocking. We’re starting to do well and this is a hard pill to swallow, but we’re a team that can overcome anything. The fans will support the team. The unity of Everton fans will be stronger than ever,” he said in a message of support.
He added: “It may seem like everybody is trying to get on Everton’s case and crossing the line, but we will hold on. Every day at Goodison Park is going to be noisy. The players can be disturbed by that. Dyche is a manager who can manage it well. Now the players will play like their lives depend on it. That can be a big motivator.”
Former England international and BBC program host Gary Lineker said: “With Everton having been punished with a 10-point deduction, it will be interesting to see if other clubs will be sanctioned.” Manchester City and Chelsea are among them. City coincidentally said it had made a huge sale just days before. “City breaks Manchester United record to become PL’s highest earners,” the Manchester Evening News reported on Friday. The club revealed its revenue for the 2022-23 season, which was £712.8 million ($1.472 trillion). City has achieved historic success under Pep Guardiola. They won the PL, English FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League (UCL), completing a historic treble.
The Manchester Evening News noted that “the club’s revenue surpassed the previous record of £648 million ($1,429 million), making it the highest ever.” Along with the huge sales came significant profits. The UK’s The Athletic highlighted its profits, which came in at £80.4 million. That’s nearly double last year’s £41.7 million profit. For the third year in a row, the club outperformed its rival in both performance and revenue.
As you can see from the revenue and earnings, financial gains were made in all areas. Matchday prize money was £71.9 million, benefiting from playing four more games at City’s home ground, the Etihad Stadium, than last season. The UCL title generated nearly £300 million in broadcast revenue. Advertising revenue was a whopping £341.4 million ($549.4 million). City also earned sponsorship revenue from partnerships with several companies, including Nexen Tires.
If there was income, there was also expenditure. Personnel costs were a whopping £422.9 million ($681 million). The previous payroll was £353.8 million, an increase of £69.1 million. The previous PL record was £384 million, set by Manchester United in the 2021-22 season. It’s been surpassed. The club spent heavily on signings like Elling Holland and Manuel Akanji, as well as bonuses and contract extensions.
The team traveled abroad, including a tour of South Korea in the summer, to generate publicity and revenue. In addition to the match against Atletico Madrid, the team also conducted various marketing activities to promote the team and participated in all events with sincerity, becoming the ‘greatest visiting team’ along with Atletico.
After generating historic revenues and profits, Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “City had one of the greatest years in its history last season. It was historic in football and commercial terms. It was the result of the philosophy that Sheikh Mansour has maintained since his arrival. There were three key elements. To build a football team that was exciting, entertaining, and capable of winning. He wanted to put the organization in a sustainable commercial and financial position, and he was committed to serving the community. As all aspects became interdependent, we continued to improve and succeed. We are confident that we can achieve even more in the future.”
Ferran Soriano, CEO, added: “We’ve won our first UCL title, three consecutive PL titles, a treble, and achieved record revenues and profits. We have been branded the most valuable football club in the world. It is fair to say that the 2022-23 season was City’s best ever. It was a dream come true thanks to Pep Guardiola, director of football Chiqui Behiristain, and a great group of players and coaching staff. The support of owner Mansour and the leadership of President Mubarak are also important.”
The BBC reported, “City were charged with financial offenses, with 115 alleged breaches of regulations over an eight-year period starting in 2009. They were charged before Everton, whose case is still being heard.” The BBC’s Simon Stone said: “City have 115 cases to deal with and defend, and it’s very complicated. City deny all of them. It’s going to take time for them to go through the legal process.”
“If City are disciplined, it could be heavier than Everton. “If City are disciplined, it could be heavier than Everton’s, as they were charged with a similarly large-scale offense a few years ago. At the time of the allegations, Martin Ziegler of The Times predicted that “City could face a range of sanctions, including points deductions and expulsion from the league, if the allegations are proven.”
The same goes for Chelsea. “Chelsea could be investigated by the PL committee over the reporting of payments involving former owner Roman Abramovich,” says the BBC. Chelsea have been fined before for breaching financial fair play rules. It was for submitting incomplete financial information for seven years from 2012.” Football finance expert Kieran Maguire says: “If there is evidence that the club used third-party transactions to evade profitability and sustainability rules, the sanction will be a fine or points deduction. The latter is more likely, as those investigating Chelsea’s situation want to deter other clubs from copying their behavior.”
While the investigations into City and Chelsea are ongoing, the expectation is that Everton’s punishment will be just as severe. Stefan Boson, a lawyer who has worked with City in the past, said: “Everton’s 10-point deduction seems very harsh. However, it reinforces the point that if City’s allegations are proven and Chelsea’s are found guilty after being charged, the sanction for both clubs could be relegation.”
Ziegler tweeted on Sunday, “Considering the Everton sanction, the sanctions for Man City and Chelsea, if proven, could be relegation.