Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton have been deducted ten points by the Premier League after breaching financial fair play rules.
Initial reports suggested that the Toffees could be deducted as many as 12 points, but the independent commission looking into the case eventually decided on docking them ten.
The outcome leaves Everton 19th in the Premier League table, somehow still above Burnley, but the result has moved Sean Dyche's side back into the relegation zone.
The commission's decision has been criticised by some as overly harsh, while football fans have been quick to point out that the final decision on the 115 charges brought against Man City has yet to been made.
The current Premier League and European champions have denied any wrongdoing and are fighting the legal battle vehemently, with no final decision yet on whether or not Man City breached financial rules.
Many have bemoaned the hypocrisy of the Premier League for handing out such a large punishment to Everton when Man City remain unpunished.
If Man City got deducted 10 points for every one of their 115 charges they'd be on zero points for every season dating back to 2010/11 and be left with around half their points total for 09/10. Just saying.
— Scott Saunders (@__scottsaunders) November 17, 2023
When Man City get hit with a 1,150 point deduction pic.twitter.com/oZCKMM0PhF
— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) November 17, 2023
The Premier League have taken on one of the Founding Fathers of English football, Everton.
Everton will have a lot of sympathy in the Premier League "dressing room" should other clubs not be treated as Everton have today.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) November 17, 2023
The 10 point deduction for Everton is excessive & not right, considering they have been working with the PL about this for the last couple of years.
Would it have been better to be evasive & try & drag it out like other clubs?
No doubt relegated clubs will have put big…
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) November 17, 2023
If Everton get 10 points deducted for ONE charge then surely these should be Man City’s first 7 league fixtures next season pic.twitter.com/pTsquJkOmB
— Biggies Malls 2.0 (@Biggies_MaIIs) November 17, 2023
Bar confirming the intention to appeal their immediate deduction of 10 points, the core line of Everton's statement is:
"The club will monitor with great interest the decisions made in any other cases concerning the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Rules"
As us all!
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) November 17, 2023
Previously speaking about the charges against City, Guardiola stated: "I am the spokesman for this club and every few days I’m here [in a press conference]. Every single word I said in all my press conferences, even if people don’t believe me, is because I truly, truly believe it. Why did I defend the club and the people? It’s because I work with them.
"When they are accused of something I ask them ‘tell me about that’, they explain and I believe them. I said to them ‘if you lie to me, the day after I am not here’. I will be out and I will not be your friend anymore."
Chelsea could also be facing a points deduction after deals conducted by Roman Abramovich during his time as owner that financially benefitted the Blues but were not published in the club's accounts.
If Everton's punishment is the standard, then Man City and Chelsea could be in significant trouble, although their financial muscle could help them escape retribution.
Everton became only the third side in Premier League history to receive a points deduction, following in the footsteps of Portsmouth and Middlesbrough who were handed nine and three point deductions respectively.