By Peter Lynch

20th Nov, 2023 | 4:40pm

Sky Sports journalist shares fresh Everton appeal update as ‘unusual circumstances’ claim made

The decision of the appeal board regarding the points deduction handed to Everton is final, except in unusual circumstances, according to Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol.

According to BBC Sport (17 November), the Toffees were deducted 10 points for breaching Premier League financial rules.

The punishment takes place with immediate effect, meaning the Merseyside club have dropped to 19th place in the table.

“The decision of the appeal’s board is final – except in unusual circumstances, such as serious errors being made by the commission,” Solhekol said on a Sky Sports Q&A.

“For example, if they got the maths significantly wrong. The difficulty Everton have got with an appeal is that they’ve already admitted they’re guilty.

“In appealing, what they want is to reduce the punishment rather than establish their innocence. Everton would not be able to take the case any further, to the law courts or the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”


The decision to dock Everton 10 points has caused outrage around Goodison Park, with the majority of those associated with the club undoubtedly feeling they have been hard done by.

That view of injustice comes amid the lack of punishment for the likes of Manchester City, although their case is ongoing.

Chelsea meanwhile are also facing scrutiny in this area, but it is the Toffees who have been dealt the blow with their points deduction.

There may, however, be hope regarding the appeal, particularly given how a new panel will be set up to perhaps reduce the points deduction or even hand Everton a fan or transfer ban instead. Among the options, a fine would undoubtedly be the best outcome for the Toffees at this stage.

Of course, there could be further hope that an error has indeed been made in the original ruling, with such exceptional circumstances certain to work heavily in Everton’s favour.

In other Everton news, Neville Southall has shared one “good thing” about the club’s points deduction, with a Premier League relegation prediction made.