Chelsea and Man City face relegation after Everton 10-point deduction
Chelsea and Manchester City are facing the possibility of relegation from the Premier League, according to the Daily Mail.
This follows Everton’s 10-point deduction on Friday, which has set a powerful precedent.
The punishment has seen Toffees plunge to second bottom of the table, although the club is planning to launch an appeal.
City faces 115 alleged breaches of the Premier League’s financial rules and Chelsea is facing scrutiny over alleged payments connected to former owner Roman Abramovich.
A lawyer who has advised City, Stefan Borson, tweeted after Everton’s news broke: “Without seeing the judgement/award -10 points for Everton feels harsh for a straightforward FFP [Financial Fair Play] breach to me.
“But reinforces that sanctions against City [if proven] and now Chelsea [if charged and admitted on the off-books payments] will be potentially relegation inducing.”
Only two other clubs have received points deductions in Premier League history.
Middlesbrough were deducted three points for failing to fulfill a fixture against Blackburn during the 1996/97 season, while in 2010, Portsmouth were deducted nine points after going into administration. However, both clubs were unable to avoid relegation.
Everton have announced that the club will appeal the ‘harsh’ sanction against the club.
The statement reads: “Everton maintains that it has been open and transparent in the information it has provided to the Premier League and that it has always respected the integrity of the process.
“The club does not recognize the finding that it failed to act with the utmost good faith and it does not understand this to have been an allegation made by the Premier League during the course of proceedings.