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Everton resigned to another points deduction at next week’s hearing

Everton’s fight for Premier League survival has received another blow as their second hearing for breaching spending rules has been set for next week, per the Daily Mail

The Independent Commission will convene over the Easter weekend to meet the Premier League’s tight deadline of announcing a verdict by April 8.

The urgency is because the league wants to avoid a chaotic finish to the season, where relegation battles could be left undecided due to unresolved Profit and Sustainability Rule (PSR) cases. 

Nottingham Forest received a four-point deduction yesterday for exceeding spending limits between 2020 and 2023, and there is uncertainty regarding whether they will appeal the decision. Clubs around the relegation zone are in limbo. 

Everton face similar charges to Forest for the same period. The Merseyside club already took a six-point deduction earlier this season for overspending violations between 2019 and 2022.

They plan to use this to make their case, arguing they have already been punished. 

Unlike in their first charge, the Toffees admitted they were guilty in this case. They hope this will lead to a reduced punishment.

Despite these efforts, Everton seems resigned to receiving another points deduction, further jeopardising their Premier League status. 

Forest’s relegation plight after yesterday’s penalty highlights the threat Everton face. The Tricky Trees immediately dropped into the relegation zone below Luton Town and a point away from safety. The Merseysiders face the same fate.

The Premier League is scrambling to conclude both cases swiftly to avoid a relegation battle decided beyond the final matchday.  

Forest’s potential appeal cannot be heard until Everton’s case is resolved due to overlapping details. 

This leaves the league with a tight timeframe – less than six weeks – to conclude any appeals before the season ends.

The league has set a deadline of May 24 for final resolutions. They will aim to have verdicts in both Everton and Forest’s cases by May 17, a week before the final day of the season.

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