Everton Football Club has officially lodged an appeal against the unprecedented 10-point deduction imposed on them by an independent commission for financial rule breaches.
This penalty stands as the largest in the history of the Premier League.
The Toffees, while admitting the breach, expressed shock and disappointment at the severity of the punishment.
The appeal, now in the hands of the Premier League’s judicial panel, awaits the appointment of an appeal board to review the case.
Everton stated, “Everton Football Club has today lodged with the chair of the Premier League’s judicial panel its appeal of the decision by a Premier League commission to impose a 10-point deduction on the club.”
Sources reveal that Everton remains in the dark regarding the methodology employed by the independent commission to arrive at the 10-point deduction.
The club contends that a sporting penalty for financial rule breaches appears unjust, adding another layer of complexity to the case.
The appeal process will involve a panel scrutinizing the commission’s ruling, evaluating the procedural aspects and determining whether, in their opinion, the imposed penalty is justified.
This crucial review is set to conclude before the conclusion of the current football season.
The 10-point deduction has had significant ramifications, dropping Everton from 14th to 19th place in the Premier League standings.
This drastic shift has not gone unnoticed, with thousands of Everton fans staging anti-Premier League protests during Sunday’s match against Manchester United, expressing discontent with the scale of the punishment.
The outcry extends beyond the fanbase, as regional politicians, including Mayor of Liverpool Steve Rotheram and Everton season ticket-holder Mayor for Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, have raised concerns about the unprecedented nature of the penalty.
As Everton’s appeal unfolds, the football world watches closely, anticipating the outcome of this landmark case.