The Premier League have just handed Everton the biggest points deduction in the division’s 31-year history.
But the Toffees are not the first top flight club in this country to be docked points – and they won’t be the last either, with Chelsea and Manchester City awaiting judgement from the Premier League on their alleged infractions.
We’ve had a look through the history of the English game to see which clubs were penalised in the form of a points deduction and why.
The six English top flight clubs hit with a points deduction:
Everton – 10pts
The Merseyside outfit have been punished for breaching profit and sustainability rules, specifically relating to the three-year period ending with the 2021/22 campaign. The Premier League determined that Everton lost £124.5 million over that time, whereas clubs are only allowed to run a loss of £105m over three years.
The club have called the punishment an “unjust sporting sanction” and plan on appealing the decision.
Portsmouth – 9pts
Less than two years after winning the FA Cup, Portsmouth went into administration during the 2009/10 season after being unable to pay outstanding debts. It was the first time it happened to a Premier League club and they subsequently suffered relegation to the second tier.
MIddlesbrough – 3 points
In December 1996, Middlesbrough decided to call off their game against Blackburn Rovers as 23 members of their squad were reportedly ill or injured – but did so without the approval of the Premier League.
They were hit with a three-point deduction, which would prove costly. They ended the campaign two points from safety and were relegated to the Division One, despite boasting the likes of Juninho and Fabrizio Ravanelli among their numbers.
Arsenal and Man Utd – 2pts & 1pt
Players from Arsenal and Manchester United engaged in a massive brawl at Old Trafford in October 1990. The schmozzle led to both teams being sanctioned by the Football League, with the Gunners receiving a two-point penalty while the Red Devils were docked a single point.
Sunderland – 2pts
The first, and for over a century the only top flight English team to have received a points deduction was Sunderland. In 1890/91 the Black Cats were deducted two points for fielding an ineligible player. Everton, of all teams, went on to win the league title that year.