Premier League issues FFP appeal update as Nottingham Forest and Everton wait to learn their fate

The Premier League has imposed points penalties on both Nottingham Forest and Everton over the breaching of player spending rules.
There maybe showers ahead... The Premier League has imposed points penalties on both Forest and Everton -Credit:Catherine Ivill

The Premier League has said it is doing all it can to ensure relegated teams will know their fate when the 2023/24 season ends, regardless of whether they have appealed against points deductions.

Nottingham Forest’s hearing against a four-point profitability and sustainability rules sanction - football's much maligned financial fair play regime - is understood to have been scheduled for the week beginning April 22.

And after Everton said they will appeal against a two-point penalty for their second PSR infringement - they had a 10-point penalty reduced to six after contesting the original ruling earlier in the season - the league has now indicated it will do all it can to ensure the outcome of their latest hearing is known heading into the final round of matches.

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A league statement says: “Everton Football Club has appealed (against) the decision of an independent commission to impose a two-point deduction on the club following its admission of a breach of the Premier League ’s profitability and sustainability rules.

“An appeal board has been appointed to hear the case after the club lodged the appeal to the chair of the judicial panel. The case will be heard on an expedited basis, in accordance with the league’s standard directions.

“For clarity and certainty for all clubs and fans, the Premier League will be seeking to have the appeal resolved urgently with the outcome confirmed in advance of Sunday, May 19, the last day of this season.”

The league update suggests the next 10 days or so could be pivotal in deciding who out of Forest and Everton survive in the top flight. They meet at Goodison Park on Sunday (1.30pm kick-off) before the Reds' appeal hearing goes before an independent commission in the days following the match. Then will come the Everton decision.

Everton and Forest currently sit just above the Premier League relegation zone in 16th and 17th places respectively, with just one point separating them. The Reds drew 2-2 with Wolves at the weekend while Everton were hammered 6-0 at Chelsea on Monday.

That means both clubs have goal differences of -16, although the Merseysiders hold the advantage of having lost fewer games than the Reds. However, a change to their points sanctions could have a dramatic effect on who edges outside the bottom three come May 19.

The league’s standard directions were agreed by clubs at last summer’s Premier League annual general meeting, and their purpose is to ensure PSR case outcomes are known in the same season as any charge is laid, and before Premier League ‘shares’ change hands between relegated clubs and those coming up from the Championship.

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