By Daniel Lewis

20th Nov, 2023 | 12:40pm

Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram demands answers from Premier League chief over Everton decision

Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram has directly contacted Premier League chief executive Richard Masters demanding answers over the points deduction handed to Everton.

The Toffees instantly dropped into the relegation zone on Friday (17 November) after being docked 10 points for breaching the competition’s financial rules.

That was the most severe punishment ever given to a Premier League team, surpassing the nine points taken off Portsmouth after they entered administration in 2010.

Rotheram took to Twitter on Monday (20 November) to share the letter he has sent to Masters regarding the “ludicrous” decision, in which he stated he “completely supports” the club’s appeal.


The letter sent by Rotheram to Masters is well written and nicely summarises the general consensus among Everton supporters.

The fact an active politician has now waded into the row can only be a good thing, but what difference it ultimately makes remains to be seen.

What has been strange amidst all the fallout over the past few days is how quiet the Premier League has been with regards to the decision.

Do they not owe it to Everton to explain why they felt the need to actively pursue a 12-point deduction?

As Rotheram says, it is fair enough that the governing bodies wants to uphold the integrity of the sport, but is this really the right punishment?

That is said in the context of Portsmouth’s punishment for entering administration, which suggests Everton would have been better off doing the same.

It may well be that this comes to nothing, but it is good to see the Liverpool City Region throwing his weight behind the rightful Everton outcry.

In other Everton news, an update has been provided on the fitness of five fit-again players for next opponents Manchester United.