Despite the club’s ownership, under Farhad Moshiri, claiming that they would not violate the FFP rules, their financial records have prompted the Premier League to refer the club to an independent commission for further analysis. The club has been charged with breaching the Profitability & Sustainability rules, the same violation that reigning champions Manchester City is alleged to have committed.
If the club is found guilty, they could face a significant points deduction, which could cost them their Premier League status. In a statement, the Premier League confirmed that it has referred the alleged breach of the Profitability and Sustainability Rules to a Commission and that the proceedings will be confidential and heard in private. The final award will be published on the Premier League’s website.
Everton has issued a statement denying any wrongdoing and expressing their disappointment in the Premier League’s decision. The club intends to robustly defend its position to the commission and believes that it remains compliant with all financial rules and regulations. The club has, over several years, providing information to the Premier League in good faith and is confident in its position.
Last year, a club spokesperson stated that they had worked closely with the Premier League to ensure compliance and that external auditors had advised them on what they could and could not claim against the pandemic.
If Everton is found guilty of the FFP charge, a potential punishment would be a points deduction, although it is unclear whether it would be imposed immediately or next season. In November 2021, Derby County was deducted nine points for breaching the EFL’s Profitability and Sustainability rules over the £81 million sale of Pride Park.
In conclusion, the outcome of the case against Everton could have significant consequences for the club and its future in the Premier League. The club is confident in its position and intends to defend itself robustly, but only time will tell if they will be able to avoid a points deduction.