The English Football Association said on Friday that Everton Football Club will receive an official punishment for breaking financial fair play rules, which would result in 10 points being subtracted from their league total.
Before their sentence was issued, Everton was the subject of an inquiry in March of last year due to allegations about specific occurrences that happened during the 2021–2022 season. Due to this penalty, the team dropped to 19th place in the Premier League standings, barely above the bottom. They have just four points between them and Burnley, and their advantage is based solely on goal differential.
However, it appears like Everton won’t be the only team penalized for financial reasons this season, as former Manchester City lawyer Stefan Borsos made a suggestion that Chelsea and Manchester City would potentially be subject to financial fair play penalties as well.
Borsos wrote on the official account of the “X” social networking site: “The severe penalty imposed on Everton, deducting ten points for violating financial fair play, confirms that if the same charges are proven against Manchester City and Chelsea (if accused and admitted), it is likely that their penalties could extend to the point of relegation from the Premier League.”
And he added: “There is only one thing certain for me, given the magnitude of the sporting sanctions, financial penalties are inevitable. For Chelsea, it is likely that their punishment will be only a financial fine due to their practices. Even in the best-case scenario, clubs can no longer rely on convincing investigative committees to consider COVID-related expenses and the subsequent sanctions as exceptional adjustments.”
It’s important to remember that the English Football Association formally declared in February of last year that it was looking into allegations that Manchester City had broken financial fair play rules in the past. The inquiry is still continuing. The probe into Chelsea started in August of last year.