Everton have been referred to an independent commission over alleged breaches of the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules, the governing body has announced.
A Premier League statement read: “In accordance with Premier League Rule W.82.1, the Premier League confirms that it has today referred an alleged breach of the League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules by Everton Football Club to a Commission under Premier League Rule W.3.4.
“The assessment period for which it is alleged that the Club is in breach is the period ending Season 2021/22.
“Commissions are independent of the Premier League and member clubs.
“The members of the Commission will be appointed by the independent Chair of the Premier League Judicial Panel, in accordance with Premier League Rules W.19, W.20 and W.26.
“The proceedings before the Commission will, in accordance with Premier League Rule W.82, be confidential and heard in private.
“Under Premier League Rule W.82.2, the Commission’s final award will be published on the Premier League’s website.
“The League will be making no further comment until that time.”
In a statement last year, an Everton spokesperson said: “We have worked closely with the Premier League to make sure we are complaint.
“We are comfortable that we have complied with the rules.
“External auditors have told us what we can and cannot claim against the pandemic.
“If clubs want to take legal action that’s their decision.”
[Update 17:10] Everton have released a statement in response. Click here to read.