Everton’s hopes of remaining in the Premier League were dashed after they were deducted 10 points for breaching the Success and Sustainability rules.
The Toffees have moved up from 14th to 19th place with four points and are ahead of Burnley on goal difference.
In the wake of the recent Premier League debacle, we take a look at the top five points lost in English football history.
Leeds: 15 points (2007-2008)
Leeds started the 2007–08 League One season with a 15-point deduction for failing to comply with English Football League (EFL) regulations.
The West Yorkshire club attempted to appeal the decision, but more than 75% of clubs voted against reducing the fine.
However, Leeds showed their strength in the third division, winning 27 games and securing a place in the play-offs.
However, they lost 1-0 in the final against Doncaster at Wembley.
Bournemouth: 17 points (2008–2009)
Bournemouth started their second league season in 2008/09 with 17 points after a failed bid to move on from their manager.
The Cherries suffered a tough season last season, dropping 10 points and being relegated from League One.
However, despite suffering a severe setback in the 2008–09 season, Eddie Howe managed to keep his South East side in the EFL.
Bournemouth are in 21st place with 17 points, while Chester are in 23rd place with nine points.
Rotherham: 17 points (2008–2009)
Like Bournemouth, Rotherham’s season was thrown into turmoil after they received a 17-point deduction for failing to comply with EFL regulations.
This was the second bankruptcy case for the Millers in a short period of time, but the verdict wasn’t too bad.
Rotherham avoided relegation, as did the Cherries in the same season.
He earned a total of 58 points and was ranked 14th.
Derby: 21 points (2021-22)
Before Everton’s penalty, the derby attracted much attention as the latest game to result in a draw.
The Rams were initially deducted 12 points at the start of the 2021/22 season for a carry charge but received a further nine-point deduction in November 2021 for breaching EFL accounting rules.
Derby face an impossible task to remain in the Championship, despite Wayne Rooney’s side having a good chance.
As a result of 14 wins, they reached 34 points but ultimately finished in 23rd place with a difference of 7 points.
Luton: 30 points (2008-2009)
It was the largest drop in points in the history of English football, and by a huge margin.
Like Bournemouth and Rotherham, Luton had a poor start to the 2008–09 season, having been relegated from League One the previous season.
The burden of deducting 30 points—10 points from FA due to regular transfer issues and 20 points from EFL due to management incompetence—was too much for the Hatters.
This meant they finished at the bottom of the fourth division and were relegated for the first time in EFL history.
The harsh punishment meted out to Luton more than 15 years ago has made their path to the Premier League even more impressive.