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Everton: What other big points deductions have there been?

Everton boss Sean Dyche
Everton's points deduction means they are now in the relegation zone and two points from safety

Everton's record 10-point deduction for breaching Premier League financial rules may be a first of its kind, but it's not the only time English clubs have been hit with such a penalty.

Indeed, you can go back more than 100 years for one of the first incidents, while the punishment is a drop in the ocean compared to the 30 points Luton Town - now in the Premier League - were hit with back in 2008 that ultimately saw them drop out of the Football League.

BBC Sport has tracked a number of examples of incidents both on and off the pitch that have resulted in clubs having points deducted, often with severe consequences.

2021-22: Derby County (21 points) - administration and financial mismanagement

Wayne Rooney's Derby would have escaped relegation from the Championship in 2022 had it not been for their 21-point penalty.
Wayne Rooney's Derby would have escaped relegation from the Championship in 2022 had it not been for their 21-point penalty.

Derby County went into administration in September 2021 and were hit with a 12-point deduction, dropping them to the foot of the Championship.

Just two months later, a further nine points were deducted from the Rams' total, due to financial mismanagement under former owner Mel Morris.

They had initially been cleared of wrongdoing by an independent tribunal in 2020, but the EFL won its appeal against the ruling and Derby's relegation - with then manager Wayne Rooney at the helm - to League One was confirmed in April 2022.

2019-2020: Bury (12 points) - insolvency

On 18 July 2019, it was confirmed that Bury would begin the 2019-12 League One season with a 12-point deduction after the club entered a voluntary arrangement to secure their future.

Having been promoted from League Two just months prior, the Shakers were subject of a winding-up petition over unpaid debts, which was heard in the high court.

After continued financial struggles - including a collapsed takeover bid from C&N Sporting Risk - they were expelled from the EFL in August 2019, becoming the first team to drop out of the EFL since Maidstone's liquidation in 1992.

2009-2010: Portsmouth (nine points) - administration

Portsmouth fans protest against club ownership in 2010
Portsmouth fans protested against the club's ownership as a nine-point deduction put them on course for relegation to the Championship

In the 2009-10 season, Portsmouth fell into deep financial trouble, failing to pay players and staff for a number of months, and the club had changed ownership three times before February.

Having not found a new buyer by the 25 February deadline, the club prepared to go into administration, with the Premier League announcing they were set to be deducted nine points - on a date yet to be decided.

On 17 March 2010, Portsmouth were issued the nine-point deduction with immediate effect, which all but confirmed their relegation into the Championship.

2008-09: Luton Town (30 points) - irregular transfer dealings and breaking exiting administration rules

The start of the 2008-09 season was when Luton Town - now in the Premier League - were hit with deductions totalling 30 points.

They were docked 20 points by the EFL for leaving administration without having made a company voluntary agreement with creditors, before a further 10 were taken away by the FA for financial misconduct relating to transfers.

Luton were relegated from the EFL for the first time in 89 years - and also won the Football League Trophy that season too.

2008-09: Bournemouth, Rotherham and Darlington (17, 17 and 10 points) - administration

In the same season as Luton's points deduction, Bournemouth - also now in the Premier League - were docked 17 points for entering administration, while Rotherham were issued the same punishment.

Both sides managed to escape the drop, while Darlington became the fourth side in the division to be given a deduction (10 points) that season in January for also going into administration.

2007-08: Leeds United (15 points) - failure to exit administration correctly

The summer of 2007 was a doubtful one for Leeds, with the club having previously been in administration in 2003-04.

They failed to agree a company voluntary arrangement with their creditors and were therefore put up for an expulsion vote - the first club to suffer the fate since Barnet in 1993.

Other clubs voted for Leeds to retain their status but, just six years after playing in a Champions League semi-final, they were handed a 15-point deduction.

1996-97: Middlesbrough (three points) - failing to fulfil a fixture

This was the most controversial top-flight points deduction punishment. Middlesbrough were deducted three points after they called off their away match against Blackburn on 21 December, 1996.

Boro said they did not have enough players available because of a virus that had swept through the club. The three points taken off their total saw them drop from 14th in the Premier League to 19th and they were relegated by two points.

1990-91: Arsenal (two points) and Manchester United (one point) - brawl

Arsenal and Manchester United players in 1990
Arsenal (yellow shirts) had two points deducted and Manchester United one for this on-pitch brawl in October 1990

Arsenal and Manchester United became the first English top-flight teams in 100 years to have points deducted following an on-pitch brawl during the match in the old Division One on 20 October, 1990 at Old Trafford.

The incident only lasted 30 seconds, but involved 21 of the 22 players on the pitch, with Arsenal duo Anders Limpar and Nigel Winterburn the only ones to be booked, although a number of players from both sides were later fined by their clubs.

But the Football Association deducted Arsenal two points and Manchester United one, although the Gunners still went on to finish as champions - ending seven points clear of second-placed Liverpool with United coming sixth.

May 1990: Swindon (denied promotion) - illegal player payments

Swindon Town beat Sunderland 1-0 in the play-off final at Wembley and celebrated what they thought was promotion to the First Division.

But 10 days later, Swindon were found guilty on 35 counts of illegal player payments and Sunderland were promoted instead. Swindon were originally dropped into the third tier as punishment, but on appeal that was reduced to just being back in the second tier where they started.

1890-91: Sunderland (two points) - registration issue

Teams being deducted points is nothing new. Indeed you have to go all the way back 133 years for the first example of an English top-flight side being penalised.

Scotland international goalkeeper Ned Doig played for Sunderland, but he had not been registered with the club for the required seven days, and therefore was still effectively a Blackburn player. Sunderland lost two points, which dropped them from fifth to seventh at the end of the season.