Luton's Premier League rivals Everton are hit with an immediate 10-point deduction

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Luton’s Premier League rivals Everton have been hit with an immediate 10-point deduction after being found guilty of breaching the Premier League's profit and sustainability rules.

The punishment is the biggest in the competition's history and sees the Toffees drop from 14 points to four from their 12 matches to date and fall into the relegation zone, now 19th in the table, with the Hatters climbing out of the bottom three to sit in 17th place.

Giving their reasons by handing out such a penalty, a statement from the Premier League said: “An independent commission has imposed an immediate deduction of 10 points on Everton FC for a breach of the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules (PSRs).

Everton have been deducted 10 points to drop into the relegation zone - pic: Jess Hornby/Getty ImagesEverton have been deducted 10 points to drop into the relegation zone - pic: Jess Hornby/Getty Images
Everton have been deducted 10 points to drop into the relegation zone - pic: Jess Hornby/Getty Images

“The Premier League issued a complaint against the club and referred the case to an independent commission earlier this year.

"During the proceedings, the club admitted it was in breach of the PSRs for the period ending Season 2021/22 but the extent of the breach remained in dispute.

“Following a five-day hearing last month, the commission determined that Everton FC’s PSR calculation for the relevant period resulted in a loss of £124.5million, as contended by the Premier League, which exceeded the threshold of £105million permitted under the PSRs.

"The commission concluded that a sporting sanction in the form of a 10-point deduction should be imposed. That sanction has immediate effect.”

However, Everton themselves intend to appeal, with a club statement from the Toffees saying: “Everton Football Club is both shocked and disappointed by the ruling of the Premier League’s Commission.

“The Club believes that the Commission has imposed a wholly disproportionate and unjust sporting sanction.

"The Club has already communicated its intention to appeal the decision to the Premier League.

"The appeal process will now commence and the Club’s case will be heard by an Appeal Board appointed pursuant to the Premier League’s rules in due course.

“Everton maintains that it has been open and transparent in the information it has provided to the Premier League and that it has always respected the integrity of the process.

"The Club does not recognise the finding that it failed to act with the utmost good faith and it does not understand this to have been an allegation made by the Premier League during the course of proceedings.

"Both the harshness and severity of the sanction imposed by the Commission are neither a fair nor a reasonable reflection of the evidence submitted.

“The Club will also monitor with great interest the decisions made in any other cases concerning the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Rules.

“Everton cannot comment on this matter any further until the appeal process has concluded.”