Burnley and Leeds write to Premier League over concerns about Everton breaching financial rules
The letter was sent prior to the midweek matches
Leeds United and Burnley have reportedly written to the Premier League outlining concerns about Everton breaching financial rules.
The Toffees confirmed their top-flight safety in midweek when they came from two goals down to defeat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Goodison Park, which means Burnley and Leeds are now fighting to avoid the one remaining relegation position.
Jesse Marsch's men and the Clarets both currently sit on 35 points, however, Burnley have the superior goal difference and will stay up if they better the Whites' result at Brentford on Sunday.
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Leeds United and Burnley have threatened to bring a claim for substantial damages against the Premier League and Everton believing the Merseyside club have seriously breached financial rules. pic.twitter.com/t1aVmKYD7M
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 20, 2022
However, as reported by The Times, both Burnley and Leeds have written to the governing body asking for clarity on Everton's financial situation after the Toffees posted losses of £371.8million over three years.
League rules state that Premier League clubs are allowed to lose a maximum of £105m over three years, but covid related losses can be written off.
The Merseyside club attributed £170m to the pandemic in their latest accounts, which, as noted by Burnley and Leeds in the letter, it significantly more than several other clubs in the division.
It is thought that the letter was sent prior to the midweek matches, and The Athletic claim that there are no active legal proceedings at the moment. However, it adds that no timescale has been given on whether any sanctions will be imposed.
Everton Football Club are said to have no concerns over the enquiry made to the Premier League, by both Leeds United and Burnley, over the club’s financial losses. Everton have worked closely with the Premier League over recent times, to comply with any rules and regulations 🔵
— The Bobble (@ElBobble) May 20, 2022
An Everton spokesman, quoted in the the Athletic, said: "We have worked so closely with the Premier League to make sure we are compliant and we are comfortable we have complied with the rules.
"External auditors have told us what we can and cannot claim against the pandemic. If clubs want to take legal action that’s their decision.