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Why Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham wait on Man City point deduction outcome amid Everton decision

Why Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham wait on Man City point deduction outcome amid Everton decision

The Premier League is on the verge of two significant and unprecedented moments regarding its financial regulations and potential penalties. Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham are eagerly awaiting the outcomes.

In the past year, the league has revealed its first two cases of suspected violations related to profit and sustainability rules.

One of these cases pertains to Everton, a team that was referred to an independent commission in March for alleged breaches during the 2021/22 season. The specific charges against Everton have not been disclosed yet, but the club strongly refuted the allegations in a statement earlier this year.

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Over the past three years, Everton has reported losses of around £371.8 million, while the profit and sustainability rules stipulate that clubs can only incur a maximum loss of £105 million or face penalties.

It remains uncertain how this situation will unfold, but according to a report from the Daily Telegraph, the Premier League is advocating for a 12-point deduction if the allegations are confirmed by the independent panel.

If this happens, it could mark a groundbreaking decision in handling financial misconduct, as such instances have been rare in recent Premier League history.

The other case the league is grappling with involves Manchester City and is quite intricate.

The Premier League champions were referred to an independent panel in February for allegedly violating league regulations 115 times between 2009 and 2018.

The league’s five-year investigation has raised multiple claims against the club.

Various allegations against Manchester City include inaccurate financial information and detailed claims of financial payments to a former manager, as well as accusations of non-compliance. Manchester City has refuted these claims in a statement, and their manager, Pep Guardiola, expressed a desire for a swift resolution.

It’s not the first time Manchester City has faced such financial allegations. UEFA previously banned the club from European competitions and imposed fines, but this decision was ultimately overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport because many of the allegations were not substantiated, or they were time-barred, meaning they fell outside the period defined by UEFA rules for pursuing historical allegations.

However, the current case involving Manchester City spans a considerably longer period compared to Everton’s case, leading many fans to question the time it is taking to reach a decision. The truth is, both cases are fundamentally different. Everton is dealing with allegations of a single charge over a shorter period, making it possible to reach a verdict more quickly.

Conversely, the case of Manchester City involves over 100 separate allegations spanning nine years and follows a comprehensive five-year investigation. The process of thoroughly examining each case, rendering judgments, and then consolidating it all into a final decision is complex and time-consuming. This process will require careful handling until a decision is reached by the panel, which could take several years.

Why Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham wait on Man City point deduction outcome amid Everton decision

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