Five biggest point deductions in English football history
Everton's hopes of staying in the Premier League have taken a beating after being deducted 10 points for breaching profit and sustainability rules.
The Toffees have moved from 14th to 19th in the table with just four points, ahead of Burnley by virtue of a superior goal difference.
After the Premier League's latest bombshell, we take a look at the five biggest point deductions in the history of English football.
Leeds: 15 points (2007-08)
Leeds started the 2007-08 League One season with a 15-point deduction for not meeting the English Football League's [EFL] strict insolvency rules.
The West Yorkshire outfit tried to appeal the decision but over 75% of clubs voted not to reduce the penalty imposed on them.
Leeds still flexed their muscles in the third tier, though, mustering 27 wins and securing a spot in the play-offs.
But they went on to lose the play-off final, with Doncaster earning a 1-0 win at Wembley.
Bournemouth: 17 points (2008-09)
Bournemouth started the 2008-09 League Two campaign on minus 17 points after failing to emerge from administration.
The Cherries had suffered a 10-point deduction in the previous campaign, which saw them demoted from League One.
But despite being hit with such a significant blow in 2008-09, Eddie Howe managed to keep the South Coast outfit in the EFL.
Bournemouth finished 21st with 17 wins, nine points ahead of Chester in 23rd.
Rotherham: 17 points (2008-09)
Like Bournemouth, Rotherham's season was thrown into chaos by a 17-point deduction after failing to abide by the EFL's rules for exiting administration.
It was the Millers' second case of insolvency in a short period of time but the punishment did not prove too disastrous.
In similar fashion to the Cherries the same season, Rotherham avoided relegation to non-league.
They accrued 58 points in total, which was enough to finish 14th in the table.
Derby: 21 points (2021-22)
Prior to the punishment handed out to Everton by the Premier League, Derby were the most recent high-profile case of a points deduction.
The Rams were initially handed a 12-point deduction for entering administration at the beginning of the 2021-22 campaign, before a further nine points were taken away in November 2021 for breaching EFL accounting rules.
Derby therefore faced an almost impossible task to remain in the Championship, although Wayne Rooney's side gave it a good go.
They managed to get up to 34 points thanks to an impressive 14 victories but ultimately finished 23rd and seven points from safety.
Luton: 30 points (2008-09)
The biggest points deduction in English football history — and by a considerable distance.
As with Bournemouth and Rotherham, Luton's 2008-09 campaign got off to a horrendous start after being relegated from League One the previous term.
And the sheer weight of the 30-point deduction — 10 by the FA for irregular matters involving transfers and 20 by the EFL for not properly exiting administration — was simply too much for the Hatters.
It saw them drop out of the EFL for the first time in their history after finishing rock bottom of the fourth tier.
The severe punishment inflicted on Luton over 15 years ago makes their journey to the Premier League all the more remarkable.