Since the Premier League confirmed that Everton would lose 10 points, there are still more questions than answers about what punishment(s) might be coming Man City’s way.
After being found guilty of breaking the Premier League’s rules about money, the Toffees lost 10 points right away on Friday. Premier League rules say that teams can lose up to £105 million over three years. An outside panel found that Everton lost a total of £124.5 million from 2021-22.
The team led by Sean Dyche has dropped from 14th to 19th in the table. They are now only one goal above the bottom three teams. Everton has said they will review the decision, and a decision should be made before the end of the season.
All eyes are now on what will happen with City and their Financial Fair Play (FFP) probe. The 10-point deduction is the biggest points deduction in the history of the Premier League. In February, City was charged with breaking dozens of financial rules that went back to the 2009–10 season.
“In line with Premier League Rule W.82.1, the Premier League confirms that it has today sent a number of alleged breaches of the Premier League Rules by Manchester City Football Club (Club) to a Commission under Premier League Rule W.3.4,” the league said in a statement.
The statement listed the violations and made five separate points about the rulings. It also said, “Commissions are separate from the Premier League and its member clubs.” In line with Premier League Rules W.19, W.20, and W.26, the independent Chair of the Premier League Judicial Panel will choose the members of the Court.
“According to Premier League Rule W.82, the hearings before the Commission will be kept secret and heard alone. It is required by Premier League Rule W.82.2 that the final award from the Commission be made public on the league’s website. This statement is made in line with Rule W.82.1 of the Premier League. Before further notice, the Premier League will not say anything else about this subject.
It has been said that City is not likely to lose their Premier League titles, even though they could get harsh punishments for the charges. Since the 2009–10 season, the Blues have won England’s top league seven times, including all three of the most recent years.
But it doesn’t look like they will be taken away from them. Miguel Delaney of the Independent said that people involved in the case don’t think the punishment will be “backwards.”
He said before: “Figures involved don’t seem to think any prospective punishments would be retrospective or ‘looking backwards’ (ie stripping titles) but this is all described as ‘unprecedented’.”
Even though that would be good for City, the chance of losing 30 points or going straight back to the Championship could be “very real.” Martyn Ziegler, a reporter for The Times, says that may be true.
In a report released last week, he said that “the threat of a 30-point deduction or automatic relegation from the Premier League would look to be very real” for both City and Chelsea. Both teams are being investigated by the Premier League and the Football Association for possible FFP violations.