‘It's all nonsense’ — Premier League veteran Andros Townsend says FFP punishment ‘makes a mockery’ of the competition

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‘It's all nonsense’ — Premier League veteran Andros Townsend says FFP punishment ‘makes a mockery’ of the competition

Ayoola Kelechi 16:22 - 26.03.2024

The former Tottenham and Crystal Palace winger is not a fan of how the Premier League have gone about punishing teams for flaunting financial rules

Luton winger Andros Townsend says the uncertainty created by other Premier League teams' points deductions for breaching financial rules "makes a mockery" of the top flight.

Everton have been docked six points - down from 10 after an appeal - while Nottingham Forest have appealed against their own four-point deduction.

Forest's points loss meant they replaced Luton in the relegation zone. Townsend said clubs battling the drop "don't know what's going to happen.” Luton are now 17th in the table - one point and one place above Forest.

Ongoing Premier League appeals

But the top-flight standings are potentially still subject to change given Forest's decision to appeal, while a hearing into a second alleged breach by Everton is taking place this week.

The league's rules state any appeals process should "conclude no later than and if possible sometime before 24 May" - five days after the season finishes - although Forest's case is set to be concluded before then.

Townsend's Criticism

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live's Monday Night Club, Townsend said: "We don't know what's going to happen. Everton have got points back, Forest are appealing and may get points back, Everton may get more points [deducted] - who knows... "It all may get wrapped up the week before the end of the season. It's all nonsense to be honest.

"Psychologically, if you're above the relegation zone, you're thinking a point is enough to keep you above the relegation zone. Then a week later you're back in the relegation zone because teams have got their points back.

"For me, it makes a mockery of the Premier League [and] what is the best league in the world."

Questioning the Integrity of the Premier League

Townsend's criticism highlights the frustration and uncertainty felt by players and clubs amidst the ongoing appeals process for Financial Fair Play (FFP) breaches.

The lack of clarity and potential impact on relegation battles undermines the integrity of the Premier League and raises questions about the fairness of the disciplinary procedures.

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