Everton: What Happened the Last Time a Premier League Team Was Docked Points

Everton: What Happened the Last Time a Premier League Team Was Docked Points

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Everton have been deducted 10 points after being found to have breached Financial Fair Play
  • The points deduction sees The Toffees slip to 19th in the Premier League table
  • They become the third-ever Premier League team to be docked points during the season

One of the rarest forms of punishment in the Premier League is a points deduction, a fate that has befallen Everton Football Club.

The Toffees have been docked 10 points with immediate effect after they were found to have breached Premier League financial rules.

This deduction has seen The Toffees slip to 19th on the log, and only their superior goal difference to Burnley is keeping them off rock bottom.

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Everton club badge on the outside of the ground ahead of the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture date: Monday April 3, 2023. Photo by Nigel French
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Everton intend to appeal against the sanction, but with the punishment relating to their transfer dealings in the 2021-22 season, it looks like a losing battle for Sean Dyche’s team.

Other Premier League sides to face deductions

Despite the rare nature of a points deduction, Everton are not the first Premier League team to be dealt such a blow.

As reported by 90Min, Middlesbrough became the first team to be slapped with a point-deduction sanction in 1997.

Boro failed to report for a game against Blackburn Rovers in December 1996 as manager Bryan Robson claimed he was devoid of more than 23 players who were reportedly ill.

The Premier League assured Middlesbrough that they could postpone the fixture, but the club failed to provide proof of their woes and were effectively fined and docked three points.

Portsmouth points deduction

A heftier sanction was imposed on Portsmouth in 2009.

After some reckless transfer business, Portsmouth fans thought the Saudi Arabian businessman Ali Al-Faraj's takeover of the club would solve their problems, but a mixture of unpaid wages between December 2009 and February 2010 and taxes left Pompey in financial ruin, and they inevitably had to enter into administration.

They were also automatically docked nine points, leaving them at the bottom of the table, where they would finish the campaign.

As reported by Bein, Portsmouth showed some fight that season, despite their woes and ended up in the FA Cup final, where they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea.

West Ham sanctions over Tevez transfer

In April 2007, West Ham also got into trouble over their deals to sign Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano the previous summer.

At the time, they were found to have breached regulations relating to third-party ownership.

Instead of a points deduction, however, West Ham were handed a fine of £5.5m fine, which they gladly accepted.

Manchester United players who could leave for free

Sports Brief also reported on the Manchester United players who could leave the club on a free transfer.

The likes of Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan Bissaka are some of the big names whose contracts are expiring soon, with no indication of a renewal.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.