KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: Everton’s success in having a financial fairplay penalty of 10 points cut to six by a Premier League appeal panel was not the end of the matter.

The Merseyside club rose two places to 15th in the table on 25 points, five clear of Luton at 18th in the relegation zone. Everton’s campaign had included high-profile protests by fans before, during and after matches. However a final resolution to the overall regulatory farrago may not emerge until after the last matchday of the season.

The appeal panel decided the original commission had made significant mistakes. These included a failure to take into consideration the severity of punishments imposed elsewhere in English football for exceeding cash control regulations.

An Everton statement said: “We are satisfied our appeal has resulted in a reduction in the sanction. We understand the appeal board considered the 10-point deduction originally imposed to be inappropriate when a nine-point deduction is imposed under the Premier League’s own rules in the event of insolvency.”

Everton also now await judgment on another charge of breaching the league’s profitability and sustainability rules. Nottingham Forest also await judgment on their over-spending after promotion in 2022.

Decisions are expected in April with the last date for an appeal verdict being May 24. This is five days after the last Premier League matchday when Everton visit Arsenal and Forest go to Burnley. Hence the final table may not be the final word.

None of this affects the case in which Manchester City face 115 charges of financial breaches. A hearing is expected early next season with a verdict in mid-2025.