Everton given two-point deduction for PSR charge but ‘devastating third breach’ looms

Joe Williams
Everton play at Goodison Park
A general view of Goodison Park.

Everton have been deducted another two points for their second breach Premier League profitability and sustainability rules (PSR).

The Toffees have already been docked six points this season for breaching Premier League PSR in the period up to the 2021-22 season, and now they have been given a further sanction after a second complaint was served in January for the period ending June 30, 2023.

Everton drop down to 16th after latest points deduction

Everton had intially been docked ten points but got it reduced to six points on appeal and now the extra two points confirmed by the Premier League means Sean Dyche’s have lost eight points this season.

The latest two points has seen them drop down a place in the Premier League to 16th with Everton still two points clear of 18th-placed Luton Town, who occupy the final relegation place.

The Premier League said in a statement: “An independent commission has given an immediate two-point deduction to Everton FC for a breach of the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules (PSRs) for the period ending season 2022/23.

“Over a three-day hearing last month, the independent commission heard evidence and arguments from the club in respect of a range of potential mitigating factors for its admitted breach of £16.6million, including the impact of its two successive PSR charges.

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“Having done so, the commission determined the appropriate sanction to be a two-point deduction, taking effect immediately.

“The independent commission reaffirmed the principle that any breach of the PSRs is significant and justifies, indeed requires, a sporting sanction.”

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher had some sympathy for Everton at the time of their first breach and claimed the club were “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.

“I think, unfortunately for Everton, they’re in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Carragher said on The Overlap on finding out Everton’s initial ten-point punishment for their first breach.

“The Premier League now, there’s so many other clubs and it’s almost: ‘We’re making a stand, to stop people breaking rules and thinking they can get away with things.’

“The actual owners of Everton and the people at the top of the club, can’t be angry. You’ve been working with the Premier League, they’ve been telling you how close you’re getting and you still overstep it – so where is the thinking?”

Fellow Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane added: “Could Everton not just hold their hands up and take their medicine? I know it’s extreme, 10 points, it brings a bit of closure to Everton, they’ve had a few tough years.

“We all think from a footballing point of view, they’ve got enough to stay up, if you look at it they’ve won four games they’ll have enough to stay up. They’ve got a cup game coming up, get the feel-good factor back at the club, take the medicine and move on – learn from their past mistakes.”

Could Everton face a third breach?

Football Insider has warned that ‘Everton face devastating third breach’ with football finance expert Kieran Maguire insisting that the Toffees could decide to sell players before June 30th if they need to avoid another sanction.

“I think Everton have an opportunity to redress the cost issues from the summer of 2024 onwards,” Maguire told Football Insider.

“That’s where they have ended up.

“Everton now have losses of £135 million over the past two years, so it does lead me to be concerned that there is danger of a third breach.

“They have an opportunity in the transfer window before June 30th to address that.”