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Liverpool Metro Mayor, Steve Rotherham, has written to the Chief Executive of the Premier League to express his deep opposition to the unprecedented points deduction handed to Everton last week while a Labour MP has called for the sanction to be suspended until an independent regulator can be brought in.

The club were found guilty of breaking the league's Profitability and Sustainability rules by an independent commission and docked 10 points, a penalty that went into immediate effect and dropped the Blues into the relegation zone.

The decision has rocked the club, sparked outrage among supporters and drawn concern among some pundits and rival fans, with many feeling, like Rotherham, that the severity of the punishment did not fit the crime.

In his letter to Richard Masters, revealed today by, among others, The Athletic, Rotherham laid out his concerns and disappointment that one of the founders of both the Football and Premier Leagues hasn't been treated with more respect:

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"I am writing to express my deep concern and opposition to today's decision by the Premier League Panel to deduct 10 points from Everton Football Club. The sanction imposed is not only an unprecedented but a wholly disproportionate one too.

"While I understand, and indeed support, the importance of maintaining discipline and upholding the integrity of the sport, it is crucial to ensure that any punitive measures are proportionate and just. I do not believe that this punishment fits the crime.

The decision to deduct 10 points from Everton is excessive considering the club's willingness and proactivity in collaborating with the Premier League to ensure all dealings were FFP compliant when it was clear they were close to breaching the rules.

There are a number of mitigating factors in Everton's transgression in relation to debt ceilings that are in effect geo-political and therefore outside of their control. As many people have pointed out, the punishment imposed appears severe for the charge in question and sets a new precedent.

When compared with sanctions handed to other clubs for financial infringements it surpasses previous penalties. In 2010, when Portsmouth entered administration, a case of serious mismanagement, they were hit with only a 9-point penalty. For falling into administration a second time in three years, in 2012, they faced a 10-point deduction. The implication that Everton's actions are somehow are more egregious is frankly, ludicrous.

I completely support the club's appeal and would urge you to take a more balanced approach and consider alternative forms of punishment that do not unfairly penalise the club's players and supporters. As a founding member of both the Football League and Premier League, Everton are an important part of the fabric of English football. They deserve to be treated fairly, justly and with respect.

I look forward to your response.

Meanwhile, Ian Byrne, the Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby, tabled a motion in the House of Commons today urging the Government to immediately establish an independent regulator and requesting "the suspension of all proceedings and sanctions made by the commission until the regulator makes its own determinations”.

Byrne criticised the independent commission’s “cavalier approach to points deductions”, branded the 10-point penalty as "grossly unjust" and argued that the Premier League “can no longer fairly govern top-flight football without independent scrutiny and legislation”.


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Phil Greenough
1 Posted 20/11/2023 at 19:08:45
Well done Steve Rotherham and Ian Byrne MP. Good to get it into parliament.
Kieran Kinsella
2 Posted 20/11/2023 at 19:28:16
The tricky thing is that FIFA's member associations are required to comply with 'principles of good governance' under Article 15, which include organizations being 'independent and avoid any form of political interference.

Allegedly, (press reports earlier this year) if the government create a regulator FIFA will determine if it is violating this rule and they only make such determinations AFTER action has been taken. Meaning, the regulator would be in place and active before FIFA decide whether it's allowed. If it isn't they can ban English clubs from the world cup etc.

So essentially, FIFA the self serving corrupt cartel could come to the rescue of the of our own self serving corrupt cartel. Additionally, the Telegraph say the new TV deal will be weighted to give even more money to "top clubs" at the expense of lower down the table teams. Again a step to reinforce the status quo. Lastly, funny how the EPL now want to ban deals between clubs under common ownership now Newcastle are getting in on the act. City and Chelsea have been doing this for years. Just like they spent money beyond their means for years and that was OK until we came along.

Les Callan
3 Posted 20/11/2023 at 19:39:06
Well done Steve Rotherham. It’s time a few others such as Andy Burnham and some ex players ( Lineker for example ), put their weight behind the campaign.
Barry Hesketh
4 Posted 20/11/2023 at 19:51:40
Lee @3
Andy Burnham gave his reaction to the news last Friday.

Andy Burnham @AndyBurnhamGM
Premier League sanction for going into administration: 9 points.

Premier League sanction for a technical breach of the rules when building a new stadium in the midst of a pandemic/conflict: 10 points.

How is this fair? 🤷🏻‍♂️
💯 right to appeal.

Phil Greenough
5 Posted 20/11/2023 at 19:55:52
I've just emailed this to my local MP. It would be great if our members asked their MP's the same question.

Dear Mr Dowd

May I ask if you are supporting your West Derby colleague, in his early day motion, citing a grossy unjust, points deduction on Everton football club?

I recognise that Everton broke the profit and sustainability rules, however, the punishment does not reflect the misdemeanour.

I feel its important to support your colleague, to ensure the Premier League are held accountable by an independent body, rather than what appears to be a kangaroo court, appointed by the Premier League.

Kind regards

Barry Hesketh
6 Posted 20/11/2023 at 20:59:08
Apologies if I've got this incorrect but I believe it's Citizens of Suburbia replying on 'X' to Rotherham's letter to Richard Masters.

As Mayor, you may want to note:

- West Ham & Man City were gifted tax payer funded stadiums. This made a massive difference to the community & sporting advantage. In City's case: Abu Dhabi able to invest. In West Ham's case: more revenues to compete.

- Arsenal built the Emirates before PSR. Could they do it now if they were still at Highbury?

- BMD is central to Everton's financial difficulties at present. Its a drain on cash. Once completed, Everton's revenues grow & sustainability increases.

- The regeneration vital to the local community.

- The club is vital to the community too.

- The city of Liverpool has benefitted from no tax payer hand outs of the scale London & Manchester have.

- If you are outside London or Manchester, want to build a new football stadium and generate a sustainable path to compete, you can for your troubles expect to be sanctioned.

- That is the long & the short of this appalling ruling by the IC.

- Future panels must surely include people with a view on the impact on the community. It cannot juat be lawyers & accountants from London who have no care or thought for the wider community.

Paul Jones
7 Posted 20/11/2023 at 22:00:49
MP for West Derby is raising a question about our treatment in Parliament tomorrow.

Don't expect much sympathy from them,but raising the profile of the issue is good news.

Tony Mace
8 Posted 20/11/2023 at 22:08:39
The term Independent is often used with this kind of panel until you dig into how these so called independent panels are funded.

Afraid of a backlash the EPL appoint and pay a panel of puppets to publish the EPL’s own decision.

You’ve been found out EPL for the buffoons you have proven yourself to be.

Just imagine Leicester trying to sue Everton. What happens when Everton point out that if the EPL had of relegated Man C and Chelsea when they should have then Leicester would not have been relegated, and Everton would have ended up higher in the table and therefore earned more money, taking Everton under the punishment threshold.

That’s when it all falls down around your ears EPL

You have opened up a huge can of worms EPL and I can’t wait to see the lot of you sacked for gross misconduct.

Really beggars belief how these buffoons get appointed in such positions

Paul Kossoff
9 Posted 20/11/2023 at 22:41:12
Kieran 2. "The tricky thing is that FIFA's member associations are required to comply with 'principles of good governance' under Article 15, which include organizations being 'independent and avoid any form of political interference."
So haven't the premier League broke the rules by appointing an independent regulator, and isn't that against the FIFA rules?
Eric Myles
10 Posted 21/11/2023 at 01:49:23
Kieran #2, I remember somewhere reading that the Saudi government control the Saudi League in terms of transfers and thinking, surely that's against FIFA regulations?
Kieran Kinsella
11 Posted 21/11/2023 at 02:44:25

Logically it should be but FIFA are corrupt so no logic. Remember when the Togo team got attacked by terrorists in Angola and one of the goalies was killed? Their president flew them home and withdrew them from the tournament and FIFA banned them for political interference. Infantino like Blatter only cares about enriching himself so anything goes in the Middle East

Tony Everan
13 Posted 21/11/2023 at 07:21:19
Some wonderfully articulated posts from Evertonians on here and different platforms. Came across this one last night from Saint Domingo on Grand Old Team, it deserves a wider audience.

“We’ve been punished enough by the regulations in ways people don’t even recognise.

Never forget how close we were twice to the oblivion of relegation. Many factors contributed to that but it’s impossible to look past being forced to sell James Richarlison Digne Gordon Gueye and replace them with cheap players and loans as a massive reason for this.

The only reason this occurred is because we were trying to comply with the regulations. Whilst the top 6 could just spend to an unlimited budget we sacrificed any opportunity at sporting success in order to comply.

We’ve been punished more than enough already by the regulations which in effect have cost us Ancelotti as a manager, all those players listed above, and put stringent limits on FIVE transfer windows already which will probably end up being 7 by the time we’re back in compliance. A paltry fine is about all I would begrudgingly accept as ‘fair’, any points deduction at all is an utter disgrace and there’d be absolutely no logical basis for a transfer ban either. Clubs should be punished for P&S violations by being limited in what they can spend in future windows and we’ve done that for three consecutive seasons now.

We’ve absolutely decimated the club trying to comply with a set of guidelines that serve no purpose whatsoever and still it’s not enough for them and they want to punish us further.

Honestly what even is the crime? A sporting advantage? The entire league is set up for the benefit of 6 teams who have every advantage possible to them yet despite us spending huge amounts less than all of them we somehow tried to gain a sporting advantage?

This ruling if upheld is the death knell for the premier league, the mist has been removed and finally people can see what I’ve always known: the PL see the other 14 clubs as cannon fodder to just sit there quietly and take their beatings predictably, if one gets out of line they’ll absolutely decimate them, they can’t afford their golden carriage to be rocked one bit.”

Bobby Mallon
15 Posted 21/11/2023 at 18:44:04
Tony @13. It doesn’t matter what you or I think, we are in this mess because moshiri Bill and the other board members royally fucked up they have gotten us to this position. Where is moshiris voice the fucking shyster WHERE

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