What The Papers Say - 19 March

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Tuesday's media coverage includes reaction to Nottingham Forest's four-point deduction for a breach of the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSRs).

The decision comes after Everton were deducted 10 points in November, for also breaching the league's PSRs, which was later reduced to six points in February. 

As quoted on the Premier League's official website: "An independent Commission has applied an immediate four-point deduction to Nottingham Forest FC for a breach of the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules for the period ending Season 2022/23. 

"Nottingham Forest was referred to an independent Commission on 15 January, following an admission by the club that it had breached the relevant PSR threshold of £61 million by £34.5 million."

Reporting for The Guardian, journalist Will Unwin explains the two deductions decided upon by the Premier League's independent Commission.

"Everton were given a 10-point deduction, reduced to six on appeal, for a £19.5m overspend, whereas Forest breached permitted losses of £61m by £34.5m," he writes.

"The commission believed Forest were worthy of the same punishment but said a potential six-point loss was reduced to four owing to the club’s 'early plea and the cooperation together'. The Premier League had argued for an eight-point deduction.

"Forest were left infuriated by the decision and process. They claimed spending restrictions on promoted clubs, whose permitted losses are reduced by £22m for each season across the three-year accounting period they spend in the EFL, undermined the league’s 'integrity and competitiveness'."

In the Liverpool ECHO, journalist Mark Wakefield looks at how Forest’s points deduction impacts the Premier League table, explaining: "Before Monday, Everton had 25 points and were in 16th place in the Premier League table, level on points with 17th-placed Forest who have a marginally worse goal difference.

"Now the table has changed slightly following the points deduction for the City Ground club.

"Now Forest have 21 points with the deduction, which sees them fall to 18th in the table and into the relegation zone. Luton Town now move up to 17th and out of the bottom three with 22 points - Burnley (17) and Sheffield United (14) still occupy the bottom two positions in the Premier League table.

"Forest will have the opportunity to appeal their recent points deduction, which leaves the relegation picture increasingly uncertain. The Blues are also set to have a hearing for a second set of charges for an alleged breach later this month with the outcome uncertain."