Everton and Nottingham Forest both charged by Premier League for breaching FFP rules


Everton and Nottingham Forest have been charged by the Premier League for breaching profit and sustainability regulations. The two clubs face points deductions, which would be applied this season, following accusations of losing more than the permitted amount between 2020 and 2023.

Clubs are allowed to lose a maximum of £105million across a given three-year period. Everton fell foul of that benchmark between 2019 and 2022, leading to a 10-point deduction which was applied earlier this season.

The Toffees could now be in store for another crippling setback, with the Premier League on Monday accusing them and Forest of breaching the rules after their most recent accounts were submitted just before the New Year.

Both sides are at risk of being dragged into relegation danger, with Everton one point above the drop zone in 17th and Forest four points clear in 15th.

Another 10-point penalty, as was applied to Everton earlier this campaign, would drop the Toffees to the foot of the table and send Forest down to 19th. The punishment is set to be applied to this season's table, although it won't be dished out until a hearing later this year with both clubs expected to staunchly defend their financial positions.

Everton said: “Everton Football Club acknowledges the Premier League’s decision to refer a breach of Profit & Sustainability rules (PSR) for the assessment period ending with the 2022/23 season to an independent Premier League commission.

“This relates to a period which covers seasons 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23. It therefore includes financial periods (2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22) for which the club has already received a 10-point sanction. The club is currently appealing that sanction.

“The Premier League does not have guidelines which prevent a club being sanctioned for alleged breaches in financial periods which have already been subject to punishment, unlike other governing bodies, including the EFL. As a result – and because of the Premier League’s new commitment to deal with such matters ‘in-season’ – the club is in a position where it has had no option but to submit a PSR calculation which remains subject to change, pending the outcome of the appeal.

“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.

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