Goodison Park turns yellow as Everton fans tell the Premier League ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ in latest protest against 10-point deduction for breaching financial rules

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Everton fans turned Goodison Park into a sea of ​​yellow in protest of their Premier League points deduction.

Yellow cards with the Premier League logo and the words ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ were held up by thousands of fans before and during their match with Tottenham Hotspur.

The latest Everton fan protest comes as the club await news on its appeal against the 10-point deduction handed to them by the Premier League in November for financial offences.

Their appeal hearing lasted from Wednesday to Friday and a final decision is expected to be announced by mid-February.

As well as being shown the yellow cards before kick-off, they were also suspended in the 10th minute to reflect their 10-point penalty for breaching profit and sustainability rules (PSR).

Everton fans held up yellow cards in their latest protest against their 10-point deduction

Everton fans held up yellow cards in their latest protest against their 10-point deduction

Thousands protested before Saturday's match with Tottenham and in the 10th minute

Thousands protested before Saturday’s match with Tottenham and in the 10th minute

The cards feature the Premier League logo and the words: 'You don't know what you're doing'

The cards feature the Premier League logo and the words: ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’

Sean Dyche's side fell into the relegation zone after the penalty in November

Sean Dyche’s side fell into the relegation zone after the penalty in November

At the time of the deduction, Everton said they were ‘shocked and disappointed’ by the Premier League’s decision, which plunged them into the relegation zone.

The responsible commission said “Everton’s PSR calculation for the relevant period resulted in a loss of £124.5m, as argued by the Premier League, which exceeded the £105m threshold allowed under the PSRs become.”

Everton were 14th in the Premier League table when the penalty kicked in – eight points above the relegation zone.

They went into Saturday afternoon’s game in 18th place, a point behind Luton Town.

Worse could follow for the Toffees after the Premier League charged them for breaking rules for the second time last month, along with Nottingham Forest.

Everton fans turned Goodison Park pink when they hosted Manchester United in the first leg after the 10-point penalty.

The protest was organized by fan group, The 1878s, who encouraged supporters to collect the yellow cards when entering the ground.

The outcome of the appeal could also have a direct impact on the second PSR complaint facing the club, which was laid on 15 January. That complaint covers an assessment period ending with the 2022-23 season.

Dwight McNeil takes a corner for Everton as fans hold the yellow cards behind him

Dwight McNeil takes a corner for Everton as fans hold the yellow cards behind him

Everton are awaiting the outcome of their appeal to the Premier League over the penalty

Everton are awaiting the outcome of their appeal to the Premier League over the penalty

Under a new fast-track process for dealing with PSR offences, agreed by top-flight clubs last summer, an independent commission hearing into the second PSR complaint must be held no later than 12 weeks after the complaint, which would be in early April , completed.

Everton described the initial 10-point penalty as ‘completely out of proportion’.

The independent commission’s written reasons said the club’s overspending ‘was the result of Everton irresponsibly taking a chance that things would turn out positive’.

The PSR offense was described as ‘serious’ and warranted ‘a significant penalty’.