Everton will appeal their ten-point deduction from the Premier League for breaching profit and sustainability rules, hinting heavily that they will use the outcome of Manchester City's own charges to inform their response.
Everton were charged with an alleged breach of the rules in March, with a hearing in October siding with the Premier League and issuing an immediate ten-point deduction on Friday.
City were charged with 115 alleged breaches of Premier League rules in February, and insist they welcome the opportunity to present evidence of their innocence when the matter is put before an independent commission. ALSO READ: Norway issue encouraging Erling Haaland update after Man City injury scare ALSO READ: Man City maintain stance on Premier League charges in 2022/23 financial report In response to their punishment, Everton said they were "both shocked and disappointed" by the "wholly disproportionate and unjust" ruling.
The club statement said: "The club does not recognise the finding that it failed to act with the utmost good faith and it does not understand this to have been an allegation made by the Premier League during the course of proceedings. "Both the harshness and severity of the sanction imposed by the commission are neither a fair nor a reasonable reflection of the evidence submitted. "The club will also monitor with great interest the decisions made in any other cases concerning the Premier League's profit and sustainability rules." That final sentence appears to be a clear reference to City's case, which could see them base any appeal on the outcome of their own independent commission hearing.Read more on manchestereveningnews.co.uk