What The Papers Say - 27 February

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Media outlets have been reacting to news that Everton's points deduction that was imposed by an independent Premier League Commission in November has been reduced from 10 points to six points on appeal.

The Daily Mail writes the move has "corrected a decision of stunning disproportionality", while Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, told Sky News he believes "a strong, independent statutory regulator for football" is now required.

The Blues climbed two places to 15th in the Premier League table following the restoration of four points.

Quotes from Rob Edwards feature on Sky Sports and elsewhere, after the Luton Town manager was asked about the news in his pre-match press conference ahead of an FA Cup clash with Manchester City.

"I've spoken openly with the boys and said we're not looking at the points deductions," said Edwards. "Our task hasn’t changed so I don’t see us having to pick anyone up at all. It makes no real difference, we were in the bottom three before and we still are.

"The situation is the same from our point of view. Deductions can't be the thing that keeps us in the league, we've got to keep it in our own hands. But it's good to have a bit of clarity."

Elsewhere, Ian Wright has called for Jarrad Branthwaite to not only receive a call-up to the senior England squad - but says Gareth Southgate should start the Toffees defender, who he describes as "a monster".

Speaking on Wrighty’s House podcast, the former Arsenal striker said: “I would like to give flowers to Jarrad Branthwaite. I believe now he will be in the next England squad. He has got everything. 

“You watch how he plays, left-sided as well, he plays out well. Very brave. And then when you listen to his interview he sounds like somebody who is like yeah, I’m there, I’m here.

“He should be called up. And not only that, he should be played. Let’s have a look at him. I’m telling you we have a monster on our hands at left-sided centre-half. A monster.”