Everton handed two-year ban from signing academy players after illegal pursuit of Cardiff City youngster

Everton handed two-year ban from signing academy players after illegal pursuit of Cardiff City youngster

Everton receive academy transfer ban after breaking Premier League rules

Everton have been banned from signing academy players for two years after being found guilty of breaching Premier League recruitment rules.

The Premier League revealed Everton academy staff had offered inducements to a player and his family to encourage him to register with the club.

A statement from the Premier League read: “The Premier League has sanctioned Everton FC for breaching Academy player recruitment rules. “The Premier League received evidence alleging that Everton Academy staff offered inducements to a player and his family to encourage the player to register with the club. When presented with this information, Everton immediately admitted the allegations and set up its own internal inquiry which established that similar misconduct had occurred in relation to six other Academy players. “In certain cases, it was found that the club provided false information to the League when questions had previously been raised about the circumstances in which Academy players registered with the club. “The club will pay a fine of £500,000 and will be banned for two years from registering any Academy player who has been registered with another Premier League or EFL club in the preceding 18 months. The club will also pay additional compensation payments to the former clubs of two Academy players.”

Everton will not be allowed to recruit any academy player who has registered with another Premier League or Football League club in the preceding 18 months.

The suspension comes after Everton admitted to the Premier League that academy staff had offered inducements to a player and his family to encourage him to register with the club, with a subsequent inquiry revealing similar breaches had taken place in relation to six other academy players.

The Premier League also disclosed that Evertons own internal inquiry found similar misconduct regarding six other academy players.

“In short, we are extremely disappointed with some of the practices we have found which are not in line with our values and not acceptable to Everton Football Club. Accordingly, we have accepted the penalties imposed on us by the Premier League and have given them our strongest apologies.

Accepting the penalty, an Everton statement said: “We are extremely disappointed with some of the practices we have found which are not in line with our values and not acceptable to Everton Football Club.

In response Everton said in a statement: “Everton has worked alongside the Premier League over recent weeks to conduct a full and thorough investigation into allegations relating to our Academys operational methods in some areas of player recruitment.

“We have already commenced a full review of our academy operations and are committed to ensuring that issues like this do not happen again at Everton.”

Everton have been handed a two-year academy transfer ban after being found guilty of breaking Premier League rules.

“We have already commenced a full review of our Academy operations and are committed to ensuring that issues like this do not happen again at Everton.”

The Premier League said it had received evidence alleging that “Everton Academy staff offered inducements to a player and his family to encourage the player to register with the club”.

Eden Hazard has dropped out of the top 20 after a back injury ruled him out of the win over Burnley and reduced him to a substitute’s role against Crystal Palace – although he did nab an assist.

Everton immediately admitted to the allegations, the Premier League said, with the clubs own internal investigation finding similar misconduct had occurred in relation to six other Academy players.

And Martial has been deemed the top dog in the league right now, following a brilliant run of goalscoring form, which continued away to Bournemouth at the weekend.

“In certain cases, it was found that the club provided false information to the League when questions had previously been raised about the circumstances in which Academy players registered with the club,” the Premier League said.

Everton will pay a fine of £500,000 and pay additional compensation payments to the former clubs of two Academy players.

RAHEEM STERLING and Ross Barkley have been beaten to the top spot of the Sky Sports power rankings by Manchester United ace Anthony Martial.

The club said they were “extremely disappointed with some of the practices we have found which are not in line with our values”.

Each player’s performance is assessed by a complex system which awards points for 33 different matchday stats.

An Everton statement said: “We have already commenced a full review of our Academy operations and are committed to ensuring that issues like this do not happen again at Everton.”

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