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Everton ten-point deduction reduced to six

Everton have had their Premier League points deduction for breaching financial regulations reduced, according to The Athletic

An independent Appeal Board has reduced the initial sanction imposed by an independent Commission in November 2023.

The Merseyside club was docked 10 points, but this offers them a crucial lifeline in their fight against relegation.

The deduction plunged Everton into the relegation zone. The club immediately appealed the decision, citing the unfairness of the punishment.

The independent commission overseeing the case has partially accepted Everton’s arguments and reduced the deduction to six points. 

Everton’s appeal focused on nine grounds challenging the sanction and the appeal board upheld two of these grounds and opted to adjust the points deduction accordingly.

This change of heart means they now have 25 points, taking them out of the relegation zone and into 15th place in the league standings.

Everton still face an uphill battle to avoid relegation. They are now above Brentford in the table, but just five points above the drop zone.

The reduced penalty provides the club with a much-needed boost, but Everton’s struggles on the pitch are still a cause for concern. 

They have not won a Premier League game since defeating Burnley on December 16, losing four times and drawing five in that stretch.

The club has endured a challenging season, and securing their Premier League status will demand continued hard work and positive results on the field.

Despite the brief respite, Everton will be wary of a second charge for breaking the same rules in the following financial period.

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