One of the two clubs, who have jointly written to the Premier League alleging Everton have seriously breached financial rules, will face relegation after the final round of matches.
But the PA news agency reports that the two clubs have expressed continued solidarity in their quest to determine whether Everton’s reported three-year losses of £371.8m over the past three years breach financial rules.
The Premier League’s profit and financial sustainability rules allow clubs to lose a maximum of £105m over a three-year period or face penalties, including point deductions for serious breaches.
The two clubs sent a joint letter to the league on May 13 requesting that an independent commission be set up to investigate the matter within six weeks of their correspondence.
They have now asked the Premier League, which has not commented on the matter, to ensure that no relevant documents relating to Everton’s financial affairs are removed or destroyed in the meantime.
Leeds and Burnley had been involved in a three-way relegation battle with Everton, who ensured their safety in the top flight on Thursday by beating Crystal Palace 3-2 at Goodison Park.
Neither club has been prepared to make their search public, while Everton are understood to maintain they have complied with the rules.
Losses caused by the Covid pandemic may be written off, but Leeds and Burnley have raised concerns over Everton’s losses, which were more than triple those of other similarly sized clubs.
Everton were among the biggest spenders in the final January transfer window, spending £30m on Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson. Dele Alli arrived from Tottenham and loan signing Donny van de Beek was also signed on big salaries from Manchester United.
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This notice was published: 2022-05-21 19:02:46