Every points deduction in Premier League history

Every points deduction in Premier League history

18/03/24 22:07

Middlesborough - 1997 - 3 points

The first ever team in the Premier League to receive a points deduction was Middlesborough back in the 1996/97 season. Back in those days there was nowhere near the hype surrounding financial regulations. Instead, the Premier League had a whole new reason to enforce their most serious punishment yet.

Boro refused to turn up to a fixture against rivals Blackburn after manager Bryan Robson claimed his side were unable to play 23 players due to illness and injury. Robson thought he'd received the correct reassurances from the league that the tie could be rearranged. But the then top-flight side never actually provided the necessary proof and were docked 3 points and fined £50,000.

The case was taken to court, but Middlesborough's appeal was rejected. The deduction eventually relegated the side, who finished in 19th and just 2 points from top-flight safety.

Portsmouth - 2010 - 9 points

Portsmouth's reckless spending in the late 2010s was their eventual downfall, causing the second ever points deduction since the Premier League's inception in 1992.

Despite their poor financial position, new owners from Saudi Arabia was supposed to fix everything, and keep Pompey afloat in the top-flight. But after the club failed to pay any wages between December 2009 and February 2010, and faced a winding up order for unpaid taxes, they were docked 9 points.

Portsmouth ended up finishing dead last for the 2009/10 campaign, and have never returned to the highest tier since.

Everton - 2023 - 10 points

The biggest Premier League points deduction to this day was Everton's at the end of 2023.

In May 2022, Everton had recorded a loss of £371.8m over the previous 3 years, prompting both Burnley and Leeds United requesting the league to look into their finances, as all 3 clubs battled relegation.

In March 2023, an investigation was officially opened into Everton's financial situation. In November, they were docked 10 points. Thanks to a successful appeal however, the Toffees had their deduction reduced to six points.

Nottingham Forest - 2024 - 4 points

Much like Everton, Forest also breached the Premier League's profit and sustainability rules. Forest were safe before the deduction, but now sit 18th and 2 points adrift.

The Premier League itself, has labelled this a "significant" breach of PSR. The club had succeeded their threshold of losses for a newly promoted club by over £34m. The club never appealed against the decision.


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