Everton: Pundit verdict on 'unprecedented' punishment after £372m update

By Paul Robinson

8th Apr, 2022 | 3:33pm

Everton news: Pundit issues verdict on 'unprecedented' punishment after £372m update

Paul Robinson has urged Premier League clubs to allow Everton to fix their financial “mess” rather than launch legal proceedings.

The former England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed he “can’t see” the Toffees receiving an unprecedented points deduction for breaking profit and sustainability rules.

As per their most recent accounts, Everton have posted losses of £372m across the last three years – over three times the Premier League’s financial fair play limit.

According to the Daily Mail (4 April), unhappy clubs are considering their options and have not ruled out suing the Toffees in relation to the breaches.

The report claims potential sanctions include heavy fines and a points deduction if Everton are found by the Premier League to have broken the rules.

Robinson claimed other top-flight sides have abused FFP rules in a similar way but have escaped punishment.

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“Middlesborough tried to do it in the Championship with Derby, and that was settled out of court,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“We’ve had breaches of the Financial Fair Play system before, but we’ve never had points deductions in the Premier League.

“Yes, they’re in a mess. Yes, they’re in a really bad situation. But I just think it has to be a case of trying to help them get out of it rather than trying to force them down even further.

“I can’t see a points deduction happening, because there’s no precedent.

“There are other teams who have grossly abused this FFP system, and there have been no deductions. There are other ways of punishing them.”

Middlesborough and Wycombe sued Derby earlier this year for “systematically cheating” while breaking EFL spending rules.

Everton sit just one point above the Premier League drop zone.

In other news, ex-manager claims Toffees facing ‘huge’ dressing room “crisis” after new confession.