Forest appeal rejected as Everton still await their fate again

Today Nottingham Forest found out that their appeal against a four point deduction has been unsuccessful following an announcement by the Premier League.
Everton Football Fans React To Club's Financial Sanctions
Everton Football Fans React To Club's Financial Sanctions / Colin McPherson/GettyImages

Everton have of course already had a ten point deduction imposed for PSR breaches back in November, which was then revised to six points on appeal in February.

It was the first ever such deduction leveled on any club and the ten points taken off the Toffees was the biggest in the history of the English game.

But then the Premier League's commission's investigating these issues imposed another two point penalty for a further breach.

After the Blues second deduction, Forest were also convicted of a breach and had four points taken off them too.

Both clubs immediately appealed the penalties that have been imposed.

Since then Everton have found out they won't hear the outcome of that second appeal until the final week of the season.

Meanwhile Forest have now discovered that their attempt to have this decision overturned has been unsuccessful and they won't get any of those points back.

This is an interesting decision and seems to indicate that the commissions might be less willing to concede anything further in terms of Everton's second appeal. We will see.

Fortunately, the Toffees are anyway safe now and so whether they get any more points returned will not fundamentally matter in that sense.

However of course, it would potentially help the Blues if they did get one or more back meaning a higher finish in the Premier League with more money and that is still a possibility.

Any additional funds will be even more welcome given the huge uncertainty and continuing and increasingly chaotic saga over the ownership of the club going forward.

There is so little sense of where the club is going off the pitch even as things have finally been sorted on it.

Funnily enough on this exact day thirty years ago the Blues beat Wimbledon 3-2 to eventually ensure Premiership (as it was then called) survival after a truly terrible season.

I was there that day at Goodison Park and at the time the club was going through problems because of the failed ownership situation that was supposedly going to be solved by Peter Johnson taking control that summer.

Four years later and after some then extravagant and failed spending he was in charge as Everton had just avoided another last day relegation at the end of the 1997-98 campaign.

Not much seems to have changed then in three decades!