Former Arsenal co-owner and vice chairman David Dein has spoken regarding Everton’s 10 points deduction and the ramifications it could have for other clubs in the Premier League.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Dein said. “It is an independent tribunal, the Premier League actually have nothing to do with the result and the decision,”
“The Premier League do the charging but do not do the judgment.”
With Manchester City having over 100 charges hanging over them, and Chelsea’s historical financial conduct coming under question again in recent weeks after previous sanctions, Dein has warned of the effect that more clubs being charged would have in the Premier League.
“To me, it seems extortionate but there you are. It could have a knock-on effect at other clubs and that would be a disaster.”
“I actually thought the penalty was excessive. I’d probably go as far as to say over the top”
“It is all about proportionality and whether the penalty reacts against the crime and what is the proportion there?”
“There was Covid, they were building a new stadium, and in the scheme of things I think it was all about £19m.”
“When you think about how much money is spent in football today, it is not an extraordinary amount of money.”
Earlier this year Chelsea agreed to pay £8.57million (€10m) to UEFA after resolving incomplete financial reporting under Roman Abramovich. This has been followed with revelations this week by The Guardian proposing that Abramovich moved money into an offshore account and made questionable payments relating to the transfers of Samuel Eto’o and Willian from his native Russian Premier division.
Meanwhile, the ongoing investigation into Manchester City is ongoing, after receiving 115 charges earlier this year. However, a resolution still looks a way off in regards to City.