Former Arsenal chairman David Dein has described Everton’s 10-point deduction as a ‘disaster’ for other clubs such as Manchester City and Arsenal.
The Toffees were handed the controversial punishment after being found guilty of breaching the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability rules (formerly known as Financial Fair Play).
The punishment has been labelled as ‘excessive’ and ‘not right’ by pundits such as Jamie Carragher, with Everton now plunged into yet another relegation battle.
Everton admitted wrongdoing but immediately appealed against the sanction imposed against them, describing it as “wholly disproportionate and unjust.” Sources close to the club believe the deduction could be reduced before the end of the season.
This could also have huge implications for two of the Premier League’s biggest and richest clubs – Man City and Chelsea.
Man City face a staggering 115 alleged breaches of Profit and Sustainability rules and Chelsea could face scrutiny over alleged payments connected to former owner Roman Abramovich.
It is worth noting that Chelsea have not been charged with any breaches yet – they are only allegations at this stage.
By comparison, Everton have been found guilty of just ONE breach, which ultimately resulted in their 10-point deduction.
Man City and Chelsea fans are now understandably concerned that their clubs could face an extremely damaging punishment should they too be found guilty of breaches.
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Now, Dein has given his thoughts on Everton’s punishment, and what that could mean for other teams.
“It is an independent tribunal, the Premier League actually have nothing to do with the result and the decision,”Read on football365.com