Everton’s Points Deduction Puts Chelsea, Man City At Risk Of Relegation

The possibility looms that both Chelsea and Manchester City might face relegation from the Premier League following Everton’s 10-point deduction due to a breach of Financial Fair Play (FFP).

Everton surpassed the league’s financial threshold, resulting in the immediate imposition of a 10-point deduction.

This action, according to Stefan Borson, a former financial advisor to Manchester City, establishes a precedent that could potentially lead to relegation for both City and Chelsea due to alleged FFP breaches.

City confronts 115 alleged violations, while Chelsea’s situation involves alleged payments linked to their former owner, Roman Abramovich. Borson expressed concern via Twitter, asserting that Everton’s penalty was severe and signaling potential worries for Chelsea and Manchester City.

His words: Without seeing the judgement/award -10 points for Everton feels harsh for a straightforward FFP [Financial Fair Play] breach to me.

‘But reinforces that sanctions against City [if proven] and now Chelsea [if charged and admitted on the off-books payments] will be potentially relegation inducing.

Borson added: ‘One thing is for sure, given the scale of this sporting sanction, Chelsea’s calculus [in my opinion] that they could breach PL P&S [Profit and Sustainability] and just take a fine as a cost of doing business, must be in urgent and immediate reconsideration.

‘The January window may be interesting. Even in the best case, they can no longer rely on being able to convince an Independent commission to accept their Covid and Sanctions allowances as exceptional adjustments [to the extent that was the plan].”

In Premier League history, just two additional clubs have faced points deductions. Middlesbrough incurred a three-point deduction for not fulfilling a fixture against Blackburn in the 1996/97 season, while Portsmouth suffered a nine-point penalty in 2010 due to administration issues. Unfortunately, both Middlesbrough and Portsmouth couldn’t stave off relegation despite these penalties.

Regarding Everton, the club has declared its intention to appeal the deemed “harsh” sanction imposed on them.


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