LEEDS and Burnley have been invited to meet with the Premier League over their Everton dispute.
The relegation-fighting duo are threatening the Toffees and the league with a multimillion-pound demand over alleged breaches of financial rules.
Frank Lampard’s Everton secured their top-flight status this week, pitting Leeds and Burnley against each other on the final day.
And the Telegraph claims the pair have been asked to send representatives to meet with Prem boss Richard Masters.
Leeds and Burnley are asked to explain their grievances in full BBC The pair’s addition also calls for Everton to be told not to delete any financial data.
The Toffees have lost £371.8m over the last three seasons – well above the £105m total allowed under Financial Fair Play rules.
But they were allowed to adjust their numbers to account for the previous two Covid hit seasons.
And that has allowed Goodison Park bosses to cut their losses by £170million.
Everton’s losses far exceed those of similar-sized clubs, with Aston Villa announcing £56m losses due to Covid, while Newcastle said this week they had lost £40m.
Although Covid losses can be written off, league regulations say breaches expose clubs to sanctions including point deductions.
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An Everton spokesman said: “We’ve worked so closely with the Premier League to ensure we’re compliant, we’re confident we’ve played by the rules.
“External auditors have told us what we can and cannot claim against the pandemic.
“If they want to take legal action, they certainly can.”
But Burnley and Leeds believe other Prem clubs will have their say on what they believe gives Everton an unfair advantage over their rivals.
What Toffees boss Lampard doesn’t yet know is the impact of profit and sustainability rules.
Lampard said: “I haven’t felt that to be honest, but if that’s the case then we’re going to sit down and try to find the best way,” he said.
“I know it’s a big story, I know FFP (Financial Fair Play), I really don’t know the details.
“If it were up to me let me keep players who are doing really well for the club and let’s stay as high up the table as we can.
“My biggest thing here is that I want a happy, determined camp moving in the same direction and we have to look at that in every way.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5396105/everton-leeds-burnley-relegation-finances-legal-threat/ Leeds and Burnley invited to meet with the Premier League over Everton’s legal threat as they demand financial documents