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Everton points deduction, FFP and punishments - what it means for Man City amid Premier League charges

The thorny issue of football finance has returned to the fore again in the last week after Everton were deducted 10 points by the Premier League for a breach of Financial Fair Play rules. The controversial ruling, which Everton are contesting, came while charges still hang over Manchester City in a much more expansive case than the one involving the Goodison club.

Everton have been handed their punishment for overstepping the £105million loss threshold over a three-year period. City, meanwhile, are fighting charges of 115 alleged breaches over a 10-year period, and this week's events has seen speculation run riot again about City's case and what potential sanctions could be heading their way, if they were found guilty.

There's been talk of massive point deductions and even relegation, but the truth is that as an unprecedented case, no-one really knows what the outcome could be. City vehemently deny all the charges and intend to fight them all the way, and the sheer size and complexity of the case means a resolution in either direction could be some way into the future.

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But these latest events do throw up a number of questions about what it might all mean for City going forward. Are the Financial Fair Play rules fair? How credible is the independent panel that will sit to rule on City's case? What happens at City if they are found guilty of any, some or all of the charges - or indeed if they are exonerated?

Here's what our MEN writers think of the situation ...

It's difficult to draw too many conclusions from the Everton verdict given their case is very different, but it's fair to