Everton is hopeful of a substantial reduction in their 10-point deduction following the club’s appeal, as sources close to the situation have informed Football Insider. The Toffees officially confirmed their intention to appeal the ruling that was handed down on Friday, November 17.
Sources within Everton express confidence that the initial 10-point punishment, which took immediate effect, will be “significantly reduced.” The expectation is that the deduction could potentially be halved or even more, landing in the range of “three to six points.”
This news comes as a positive development for Everton, who received the most extensive sporting sanction in Premier League history for violating financial rules. The breach resulted in the club plummeting to 19th place in the table.
According to Premier League regulations, top-flight clubs are allowed to incur losses of up to £105 million over a three-year period. The independent commission, however, found that Everton’s losses for the 2021-22 period amounted to £124.5 million. The club promptly expressed their shock and disappointment at the decision and confirmed their intent to appeal.
The repercussions of the points deduction have also opened the door for potential league challenges from Championship clubs, including Leeds United, Leicester, and Southampton, along with fellow top-flight side Burnley.
As Everton navigates the challenging situation, having won four and drawn two of their 12 Premier League games in the 2023-24 campaign, their focus remains on the upcoming fixtures. Until a decision is reached on the appeal, the Merseyside club will aim to surpass promoted sides Luton, Sheffield United, and Burnley to move out of the relegation zone.
Manager Sean Dyche’s side has maintained its status as one of the six Premier League clubs that have never dropped into the second tier since the league’s reformation in 1992. Everton has narrowly avoided relegation in the last two seasons, securing survival with a crucial win over Bournemouth on the final day of the 2022-23 campaign. The Toffees are set to face Manchester United on November 26 in their next Premier League fixture.