By Callum O'Connell

25th Oct, 2023 | 2:40pm

Leeds United legal case boosted as Premier League threaten Everton with points deduction

Leeds United, Burnley and Leicester City may have been validated in their case for legal proceedings against Everton, with the Premier League now recommending a 12-point deduction, according to The Telegraph.

The newspaper reported via their website on 25 October that the Premier League have called for the punishment to be extremely severe, with a maximum points deduction of 12, if the independent commission finds them guilty of breaching financial rules.

The three clubs had reportedly written a letter to the Premier League threatening legal action against Everton if they were found guilty of breaching financial rules, with a points deduction the focus of the complaints [Daily Mail, 3 October].

The threat of a £300million legal case emerged as a result of claims that, if the Toffees are found guilty, they cheated their way into Premier League survival at the cost of the named clubs.

Leeds, Leicester and Burnley are unhappy that Everton’s charges were not dealt with over the last two seasons as they believe the delay may have helped Everton escape relegation by avoiding a points deduction, with Leeds and Leicester going down on the last day of the season as Sean Dyche’s side survived by two points.

Now that the points deduction could come to fruition as the Premier League’s suggested outcome if Everton are found guilty by the independent regulators, their legal claim has received further validation.

While nothing has been decided yet, and as things stand Everton are still accused and have not been found guilty, the legal teams of all three clubs will be on high alert and ready to press forward with their case if the outcome is that Everton has broken the rules.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay shared a hint from Daniel Farke that one player may start tonight.