Furious Everton fans release collective statement after club was docked 10 points by the Premier League
Everton fan groups have made a collective statement after the club were docked 10 points for breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules.
In what has been an unprecedented move by the Premier League, Everton FC has indicated its intention to appeal the decision arguing that unforeseen circumstances necessitated the overspend and as such there is justifiable mitigation.
The Merseyside outfit were mainly punished for interest payments made regarding their new stadium Bramley Moore Dock whose planning permission was only granted in the last quarter of the 2020-21 financial year.
During that year, interest payments were allowed to be written off against profit and sustainability rules. However, in the following financial year, 2011-22, those interest payments were not allowed to be written off against PSR hence the overspending.
On top of that, the war in Ukraine saw them sever their financial links with USM which gravely impacted their revenue given the club had about 15 commercial deals with the Russian conglomerate.
Another thing to consider is the £200 million naming rights deal for their new stadium that was not allowed to be activated and an unnamed player they lost for no transfer fee when they could have commanded a fee of about £10 million under normal circumstances.
Everton fan group have released a collective statement saying the punishment handed out to the club is “disappointing” — adding that the people who broke the Premier League’s rules “are not the ones suffering”.
The full statement reads:
“We write as concerned fans of Everton Football Club. The punishment handed out today by an independent commission is disappointing, to say the least.”
“Whilst we understand the need for rules to be followed and standards upheld, this punishment only punishes the fans, players and management team.”
“It’s no secret that our club has been run incompetently at the top for several years now. The fans took it upon themselves to push for change and force the removal of an underperforming board that broke your rules. The people who broke your rules are not the ones suffering.”
“In recent years, we witnessed six clubs try to destroy the English football pyramid and line their own pockets. Yet, when punishments where handed out we were told “You can’t punish the fans, it’s not their fault” and measly fines were all that they got. Why is the same logic not applied now?”
“As we have shown time and time again, the Spirit Of The Blues will hold firm and we will work All Together Now to not only make sure we survive for another top-flight season, but push back against the corruption that is ruining our beautiful sport!”