Everton FFP Hearing: Kieran Maguire Predicts “Very Good Case” for Points Deduction

NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Michael Keane of Everton looks dejected following defeat in the Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road on January 15, 2022 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Double Jeopardy Hope for Everton: Maguire Predicts Reduced Points Deduction

There’s a glimmer of hope for Everton amidst the ongoing financial fair play (FFP) saga. Football finance expert Kieran Maguire believes the club has a “very good case” for significantly reducing any potential further points deduction arising from the second hearing.

The “Double Jeopardy” Argument:

Maguire, a University of Liverpool expert, bases his prediction on the concept of “double jeopardy.” Since FFP breaches are assessed over a three-year rolling period, the first hearing already penalized Everton for two of those years. This means the second hearing will primarily focus on the new 2023 figures.

Potential Reduction:

Maguire explains that, considering the overlap in assessed periods, Everton could see a two-thirds reduction in any potential additional punishment. This means:sportvibe.co.uk

  • A potential three-point deduction could be reduced to one.
  • A potential six-point deduction could be reduced to two.

Grounds for Optimism:

This prediction adds to the optimism surrounding Everton’s fight against a potentially relegation-threatening deduction. Lawyer Laurence Rabinowitz, who successfully argued the initial 10-point penalty down to six, is expected to continue representing the club, further boosting their confidence.

Uncertainties Remain:

However, it’s crucial to remember that Maguire’s prediction is based on his interpretation and the final decision rests with the independent commission. Additionally, the recent news of increased stadium costs following the appeal decision serves as a reminder of the ongoing financial complexities surrounding the club.

Looking Ahead:

Everton fans now have something tangible to hold onto as they brace themselves for the upcoming hearing, which could significantly impact their Premier League survival hopes. While the future remains uncertain, Maguire’s analysis offers a glimmer of hope amidst the ongoing financial turmoil.

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