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Premier League: Everton focused on on-field matters 

Everton were sanctioned in November over their finances in the 2020-21 season, with the Merseyside club appealing the penalty in December

Reuters London Published 21.02.24, 11:12 AM
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Everton are expected to learn if their appeal against a 10-point penalty is successful this week but the players are focused on matters on the pitch as they look to climb away from the Premier League relegation zone, defender James Tarkowski said.

Everton were sanctioned in November over their finances in the 2020-21 season, with the Merseyside club appealing the penalty in December.

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Everton recorded four straight wins after the points deduction but have been dragged back into the relegation battle following a run of eight league games without a victory.

Asked if the prospect of points being returned to the club was being spoken about in the dressing room, Tarkowski told Sky Sports after Monday's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace: "I don't think we try and pre-empt it too much.

"No one really knows what's going to happen. We are just focusing on points we've got at the moment and if we do get some points back, time will tell..."

Jordan Ayew had given Palace a second-half lead while an Amadou Onana goal sealed a 1-1 draw as Everton's point lifted them out of the bottom three but only on goal difference.

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