Chelsea: Kieran Maguire shares view on possible points deduction

By Kieran Maguire

28th Nov, 2023 | 2:59pm

Kieran Maguire shares view on Chelsea points deduction after rival bombshell

The Chelsea board will be aware that a points deduction is on the cards after Everton’s case set a precedent.

That is the view of finance expert Kieran Maguire, who exclusively told Football Insider that Everton being handed a sporting penalty instead of a financial penalty will have caught the eye of Chelsea chiefs.

The Toffees were deducted 10 points after being deemed guilty of breaching the Premier League’s financial and sustainability regulations by an independent panel.

Chelsea also find themselves under investigation for potential financial breaches after reporting secret payments made by the club during Roman Abramovich’s ownership.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the Londoners now could face a points deduction of their own if found guilty of breaching the rules.

Despite the offences occurring under different ownership, Chelsea are still set to face punishment if deemed guilty.

Maguire believes Chelsea won’t be more concerned about their own punishment following Everton’s verdict, but explained that the board now knows any penalty will be sporting as opposed to financial.

“If they’re innocent, Chelsea would have nothing to worry about,” Maguire told Football Insider’s Sean Fisher.

They shouldn’t be any more or less concerned after seeing the points deduction at Everton.

But they will be aware that Everton were handed a sporting punishment in the form of a points deduction as opposed to a financial one.

So I think that was the key issue which came out of the Everton case.

Everton initially said they were innocent, then said we’re guilty but we think we should have a financial penalty and now the tariff which has been set is a points deduction.

It’s consistent with what we see in UEFA because you’ve had clubs who have been banned for breaching the rules.

It’s also consistent with what we’re seeing in the EFL, which has been points deductions for breaching the rules.

If Chelsea have broken the rules with regards to these offshore payments, they can expect the same.

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