Leeds United legal twist as £100m intention to sue made over Everton drama
Leeds United have formalised their intention to sue Everton for £100million should they be found guilty of breaching spending rules, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper reported on its website on Tuesday (3 October) that the Whites have been joined by Burnley and Leicester City in writing a letter to the Toffees’ potential new owners 777 Partners to signal their intent to take legal action for a combined £300million.
Initially, the letter was addressed to the Premier League with three clubs asking for it to be passed on to the American investment firm, and the league have replied to confirm that they will be passing it on to the potential new owners.
Discussing the legal twist, Matt Hughes wrote: “Mail Sport has learned that Burnley, Leeds and Leicester have written a joint letter to 777 asking them if they are aware of their plans to sue Everton pending the outcome of a Premier League independent tribunal on 25 October.
“The three clubs are unhappy that Everton’s charges were not dealt with last season 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.”
If Everton are found guilty of breaking the Premier League’s financial rules, they deserve to be punished and it would be incredibly unfair on Leeds and the other two sides if they don’t get any sort of compensation given they were the teams to suffer.
Had Everton faced any sort of points deduction last season, Leeds would have stayed in the Premier League and the financial gain that a team is rewarded with for being a part of England’s top-flight is a huge amount of money for the Whites to have missed out on.
Whether or not Leeds United have a case, they have done the right thing alongside the other two clubs involved to show their intent early and ensure that they are prepared to act whatever the eventual outcome of the independent tribunal is later this month.
Although £100million would be a huge boost to Leeds, it remains to be seen whether or not the Whites will truly have a case to fight, or if the Toffees even broke the financial rules of the division. No matter what happens, this is one to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
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