The Premier League Want to Double-Dip a Punishment Already Under Appeal

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Everton are half way through the month of January as we look to see what the year of 2024 will bring for us, and many fans now believe it will be more chaos, more unfairness, and maybe more points being deducted as the Premier League have somewhat bizarrely gone for a heavy dose of deja vu.

On Monday evening it was confirmed that the club were again facing a charge of breaching Financial Fair Play rules, and we have again been referred to an independent commission to look into these new, and alleged, breaches of the Profit and Sustainability Rules for the campaign of 2022/23.

As we know from the previous charge that we are currently appealing, a fine and/or points deduction is on the cards and having already lost ten points for losing more than the allowed £105 million over a three season period, many in the fan base have been left scratching their heads as to why the Premier League now want to double punish us for the very same accounting period. For those who use interac online casino, you would be hoping to have better luck with them, as lightning should not strike twice.

Nottingham Forest have also been charged in this latest round, and their statement stated that both clubs 'have each confirmed that they are in breach of the league's profitability and sustainability rules', adding, 'In accordance with Premier League rules, both cases have now been referred to the chair of the judicial panel, who will appoint separate commissions to determine the appropriate sanction.'

We now again have 14 days to submit our formal response and league rules state a hearing must be completed before the expiry of 12 weeks. Appeal hearings must then be held prior to May 24, with a resolution prior to June 1. However, the new case against Everton cannot be heard until we have a resolution to our original appeal.

With one appeal for the same accounting year still in process, most will wonder why the PL - having already fully scrutinised the accounts, have decided to bring separate charges instead of getting them dealt with at the same time - others will simply think what a fun summer the PL have now set themselves up for (and the potential legal action), as clearly although promotions can be signed off on, relegations cannot with appeals in progress.

This means that more than just Everton and Nottingham Forest effectively have part of their end of season planning placed on pause, and quite a few fans up and down the country will also not know how to react to their own year, as there is no guarantee that either club (who are undoubtedly likely to appeal if points are involved) will have those hearings ahead of the final day of action on May 19.

Of course, Everton and Forest are in action on the final day, and whilst matches themselves may not have strict legal or technical arguments on offer, you can well imagine many clubs would be looking at potential recourse on sporting integrity issues and lawyers would be quite capable of coming up with novel but valid heads of action that may prove to be successful.

Let us not forget, clubs threatened with relegation during the period of our charge are sitting on legal action claims of their own (Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Leeds United, Leicester City and Burnley) because our punishment could only apply the following season. Should our appeal prove to be unsuccessful, we will undoubtedly hear more about that and the PL must feel there is some merit in those arguments, as this year clubs have seen a tightening of those timescales.

Curiously, news surrounding Manchester City's 100-odd charges and any talk of Chelsea... well the PL remain incredibly quiet on that front.

The club statement in response is quite telling.

"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."

Everyone is well aware of the fan protests that have taken place since the original punishment was levied, and the vast majority will know of the talks of potential escalations in that as fans continue to get their own points across.

Is it quite fair to say that this issue is going to even more dominate the second half of the year, with the appeal on going it was already a massive topic up for discussion, and given the curiosities that surround getting two charges for the same period, well, even if the accusation is totally wrong, the PL have opened themselves up to some developing the opinion that this second charge is purely down to retaliation because we had the temerity to appeal.

Many in the wider world of football already feel that Everton have effectively become a 'points' test case for the PL as they look to develop some teeth to properly take on Manchester City's alleged breaches, and any successful appeal would have been disastrous from their point of view – but now they may have a second bite of the cherry, with Forest being a back up.

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