Everton at Risk of Points Deduction Amid Financial Dispute, Ex-CEO Warns

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Financial Fair Play Under Scrutiny

Keith Wyness, Everton’s former chief executive, has expressed concerns that the club could face a points deduction if found guilty of another financial breach. The issue at hand revolves around the costs associated with Everton’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, which has become a point of contention with the Premier League.

Stadium Costs Spark Controversy

The Premier League and Everton are currently locked in a dispute over whether certain stadium-related costs should be included in the club’s financial accounts. Everton have already faced penalties, with a two-point deduction for exceeding the Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR) threshold by £16.6million for the 2022-23 season.

A Matter of Accounting Definitions

Wyness, who now advises elite football clubs through his consultancy, highlighted the complexity of the situation, noting that it hinges on “really high-level definitions of accounting.” He suggests that the issue could potentially be resolved through direct discussions between the Premier League and Everton, given that the club’s auditors have approved the expenditures related to the stadium.

Football Integrity at Stake

The former CEO expressed frustration that financial disputes are encroaching on the sport itself. Wyness emphasized that the disagreement is over stadium interest payments, not football-related matters, and this intrusion into the sport is a significant concern for him and the football community.

With Everton set to face an independent committee hearing later in the year, the resolution of this dispute will be closely watched by fans and stakeholders alike, as it could have substantial implications for the club’s standing in the league.

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