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Premier League denies favouritism towards big clubs in Everton case

The Premier League has denied accusations of favouritism towards big clubs following the sanctions imposed on Everton for breaching Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSRs).

This comes after criticism from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee and debate amongst fans regarding the perceived lack of transparency in the process.

The controversy stems from the independent commission’s ruling, which resulted in a 10-point deduction for Everton – the first such sanction under the PSRs.

The Toffees are waiting on the outcome of their appeal but have also been named in another PSR case for the following financial period alongside Nottingham Forest.

However, questions have arisen about the alleged preferential treatment given to larger and wealthier clubs in the league, such as Manchester City and Chelsea.

Both clubs are being investigated for breaching financial rules and City’s case started before Everton’s, but the investigations have dragged on.

In a letter to Dame Caroline Dinenage, Chair of the DCMS Committee, the Premier League emphasised that the PSRs apply equally to all clubs, regardless of their size or stature.

They pointed out that Everton and Forest are valued members with rich histories and significant contributions to the league and their communities.

Further complicating the issue, the Premier League has refused to disclose confidential documents, including minutes of board meetings and legal submissions, claiming they are a private business.

The Premier League has offered assurances of fair treatment towards Everton throughout the process, but the lack of transparency has ignited speculations, with the fans feeling undermined.

The independent commission’s ruling and the subsequent debate have raised crucial questions about fairness, transparency and the league’s future.

City are on their way to their fourth successive league title despite the scrutiny, while Chelsea have shelled out around £1 billion in the transfer market since May 2022.

The Premier League denies favouritism, but they need to find a way to maintain the integrity of the competition and win the trust of fans and the public.

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