Sean Dyche has questioned why Everton are facing a second Premier League points deduction for overspending while Manchester City are still to answer 115 charges.
The Everton manager, who leads his side against the champions on Saturday, says there is general bewilderment in football as to why the Merseyside club has been punished for a single breach of Profit and Sustainability rules while there is still no public date for the hearing for the extensive allegations against City.
“Just like everyone else, we are all wondering what makes one rule for one and one rule for the other. I think that’s the only thing,” said Dyche.
“I don’t know the ins and outs for every reason, but I think we are all asking that. The people in the street are asking: ‘Why is it particularly Everton?’
“I don’t know what the exact number is, but they reference over 100 charges [for City]. I don’t know the implications of that either. I don’t know the details of the charges but you go: ‘Well, we have one.’
“You just go with common sense, I’m not talking about the rules. I’m not questioning Man City or whether they’ve done stuff or not done stuff. The point is it is certainly a long time. That story has been going round for a while now about all these charges. I don’t know the variants of what the charges are.”
City were charged on Feb 6 last year, with offences alleged to have occurred between 2009 and 2018. They are also accused of failing to cooperate with a five-year investigation into their spending which began in 2018.
Everton’s first charge for alleged overspending was a month later in March 2023. They were given a 10-point deduction after admitting the breach, a penalty which has just been appealed with a ruling expected next week. Since then, a second charge was issued against Everton, with a separate hearing due before the end of this season.
Premier League clubs voted to fast-track independent commissions for those clubs accused of overspending so as to ensure punishment is as close as possible to any breach. The Premier League say the City case is different, more complex and therefore more time-consuming.
Asked about the curious irony that had Everton committed an alleged 114 other breaches over a prolonged period they would be 10 points better off, Dyche replied: “And get lost in the system somewhere!”
He added that fans of clubs other than Everton believe there is a disproportionate response given the seriousness of alleged offences.
“I think it is just a generalised view,” he said. “I think you’ll agree that it is not just from Evertonians. I know football people. I live in Nottingham, I know Forest fans, and when I’m travelling around I stop at services and there’s always football fans and they go: ‘What’s that all about?’
“Not just Evertonians but people are going: ‘Where does that come from?’ If they’re asking it, they’re usually saying the same thing which is, ‘How come it is you then and not so and so?’
“So everyone is a bit like, ‘Come on then, where is it going? If you’re going to do it with them then you have to start doing it with everyone and you’re going to have to fast track everything because it is relevant now.’ We will see.”