The Premier League have charged Everton and Nottingham Forest with breaching the division’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules.
Both sides have been charged with breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules, which permit top-flight clubs to lose a maximum of £105m over a three-year period. Forest’s maximum loss for the latest accounting period was £61m, due to two of the three seasons being spent in the Championship.
For Everton, it is a second charge from the Premier League. The Toffees were deducted 10 points by the Premier League in November – the division’s largest ever sanctions – a punishment the Merseyside club have since appealed.
A judicial panel will now decide on punishments for Everton and Forest, which could include points deductions or fines.
Everton have released a statement criticising the Premier League’s decision to charge the club, having already received a points penalty for the same financial period.
“The Premier League does not have guidelines which prevent a club being sanctioned for alleged breaches in financial periods which have already been subject to punishment, unlike other governing bodies, including the EFL,” the statement said.
“As a result – and because of the Premier League’s new commitment to deal with such matters “in-season” – the club is in a position where it has had no option but to submit a PSR calculation which remains subject to change, pending the outcome of the appeal.
“The club must now defend another Premier League complaint which includes the very same financial periods for which it has already been sanctioned, before that appeal has even been heard. The club takes the view that this results from a clear deficiency in the Premier League’s rules.
“Everton can assure its fans that it will continue to defend its position during the ongoing appeal and, should it be required to do so, at any future commission – and that the impact on supporters will be reflected as part of that process.”