Are Everton being pushed into the Championship?

Are Everton being pushed into the Championship?

English Premier League participants Everton have lost 10 points for violating financial fair play rules! Thus, the Toffees dropped to 19th place and risk spending the third year in a row in a difficult struggle to maintain a residence permit in the elite.

Expensive spending in the Premier League and balancing on the brink of a foul is already commonplace, given the huge profits clubs make for television rights and revenue from ticket sales. However, no one has yet been caught for a real violation and has not been subject to sanctions. Until this week, when Everton suddenly had bad luck, whose sporting results were already not too bright.

It turned out that the Toffees made losses of £44.7 million at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, which rose to £124.5 million over the three-year period, despite the rules allowing for a loss of £105 million. In this regard, Everton were unlucky due to the coronavirus pandemic - in 2020-21. They missed a lot of money for tickets. On the other hand, other clubs had similar problems...

For violating financial fair play, the Merseysiders lost 10 points in the 2023/24 season standings and dropped into the Premier League relegation zone. Everton were lucky to have a more or less tolerable start to the league season, thanks to which the gap from seventeenth-placed Luton is only two points. It should be noted that this is the third precedent for deducting points in the Premier League. Previously, this achievement was achieved by Middlesbrough in the 1996/97 season and Portsmouth in 2009/10.

The Everton case opens up the widest possible scope for identifying new violations. It is possible that we will see several more similar cases in the near future. This is especially true for small clubs, whose lobbies are not as powerful as those of the league giants. They are not bothered by the billions of dollars spent by Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United, but in order to depict vigorous activity, it is enough to punish a team of Everton’s caliber.

There is no doubt that the Toffees will appeal and, most likely, will achieve a reduction or reversal of the punishment. However, the club's players are likely to be depressed and risk not performing at their best on the football pitch in the next few weeks. And this will again drag the club into the whirlpool of the struggle for survival.