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Everton: Premier League club submit appeal against 10-point deduction

Everton have submitted an appeal against their 10-point deduction in the Premier League.

The Toffees were sanctioned by an independent commission on November 17 for a breach of the Premier League's profit and sustainability rules (PSR) and had 14 days to lodge an appeal.

Now the appeal has been submitted, the case will be considered by an independent appeals commission, which will include a different set of people from the original commission panel.

A decision will be made over the appeal before the end of this season.

Everton said they were "shocked and disappointed" by the ruling and vowed to appeal after being plunged into the relegation zone with immediate effect.

"Both the harshness and severity of the sanction imposed are neither a fair nor a reasonable reflection of the evidence submitted," said the club.

According to the Premier League, Everton admitted during a five-day hearing they were in breach of the league's profitability and sustainability rules.

The commission determined that "Everton's PSR calculation for the relevant period resulted in a loss of £124.5m, as contended by the Premier League, which exceeded the threshold of £105m permitted under the PSRs."

After narrowly avoiding relegation to the Championship last season, Everton were - prior to their points loss - 14th in this season's league table, eight points above the bottom three. They are now 19th in the table, five points behind Luton in 17th.

Only three clubs have previously been docked points in Premier League history. Middlesbrough were deducted three for failing to fulfil a fixture against Blackburn in 1996/97 and Portsmouth were stripped of nine after entering administration in March 2010.

Tottenham were handed a 12-point deduction before the 1994/95 season for financial irregularities committed several seasons earlier, but that punishment was eventually revoked.