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Everton and Forest face PSR charges

Published on January 15, 2024
Updated on January 16, 2024
Written by Chris

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Everton and Forest face PSR charges
  • Everton face additional PSR charges
  • Nottingham Forest also charged
  • Possibility of points deductions

Everton and Nottingham Forest are facing charges over an alleged breach of the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR). These regulations aim to ensure financial stability and prevent clubs from sustaining excessive losses over a three-year reporting period.

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Everton face further charges, Forest become third Premier League club to be charged

Everton are already dealing with a significant 10-point deduction, the largest in Premier League history, for financial losses incurred during the reporting period ending in the 2021-22 season. The club is presently in the process of appealing this decision but now faces another charge for the same financial periods. Everton contend that this situation highlights a flaw in the Premier League’s rules and assures its fans that it will continue to defend its position.

Nottingham Forest have become the third top-flight club to be charged with a breach of financial rules after reporting losses exceeding the allowed amount over the three-year cycle. The club’s case revolves around the sale of Brennan Johnson to Tottenham, which occurred after the accounting deadline. Forest argues that their negotiating tactics allowed them to secure a higher fee.

Both Everton and Forest have been referred to an independent commission, which will determine the appropriate sanctions in accordance with the Premier League’s guidelines. Possible outcomes for the clubs include fines or points deductions. The Premier League has pencilled in May 24 as the last date for any appeal which comes after the end of the season on May 19. This comes ahead of the league’s annual general meeting. This raises the prospect of teams who are appealing against potential points deductions ending their league season not knowing their final league position or even what division they may be playing in for the following campaign.

It’s worth noting that Manchester City has also faced charges for financial breaches, with over 100 alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018. The case against Manchester City is still ongoing. Additionally, Chelsea have received fines from UEFA for submitting incomplete financial information between 2012 and 2019, as part of a settlement for breaking Financial Fair Play rules. Chelsea could also face further scrutiny over payments connected to former owner Roman Abramovich.

Betting Implications

Punters betting on outrights such as relegation should be mindful that Everton, who have already been docked 10 points. They are 17th in the Premier League, just one point above Luton Town, who are in the drop zone having played a game more, while Nottingham Forest are four points clear of the relegation zone in 15th. 

For both outright and match to match betting, punters need to monitor the effect that this could have on the players, for good or for bad.

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives. Editorial Promise