You had barely got halfway through the video statement that Everton had put out before the questions about Manchester City and Chelsea were being asked.
If the Toffees could be deducted 10 points, then what would happen to their Premier League rivals if they found too were found guilty of breaching financial rules, and multiple ones at that?
It all comes down to the enforcement of Financial Fair Play of course, but can people even believe in that any more? Does the system need to change to keep up with the spending in modern football? And is there a better form of regulation out there?
We asked our Mirror Football team what they think:
The current system seems massively unfair. Everton did break the rules and therefore punishment was inevitable. But 10 points seems so harsh against a club who cooperated with the Premier League and are busy trying to build a new stadium.
Similarly, Chelsea’s new owners put their hands up when going through the accounts, highlighted concerns and, again, surely that should be taken into account.
The problem with financial restrictions in football is the hidden payments, the skullduggery and creative accounting.
Salary caps like in MLS just do not work. It skews any squad. Nor do these punishments against Everton. How can they end up being more severely punished than the Big Six who tried to breakaway and join a new European Super League? I guess we have to have a cut off point somewhere to say that what’s happened in the past has gone and we need to stop the “whataboutery” in football.
It would be so hard to police but I do think transfers and player contracts have to be separate from stadium development. How can you argue that what Manchester City have done for their area and community is not aRead on m.allfootballapp.com