The City Ground, the home of Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest and Everton have been charged with breaching Premier League Profitability and Sustainability Rules.

The Premier League says both clubs have confirmed they are in breach of the rules for the assessment period ending season 2022/23 and have been referred to an independent commission for alleged breaches of profit and sustainability rules in their accounts for 2022-23.

The club was permitted to lose only £61 million over a three-year period due to their position in the Championship.

Whereas teams that have been in top-flight football are permitted to lose £105 million over the same period.

That threshold is reduced by £22m for each season a club spends in the Championship.

These cases have to be heard by April 8, which leaves six weeks after the date of matchweeks left to play, meaning no guarantee an appeal will be heard before the end of the season.

This could place teams battling to fight relegation in limbo as they don’t know what league they will play in next season as if they are found in breach of the rules, they could face a possible points deduction, fine or other sporting sanction.

Nottingham Forest in a statement said: “(they intend to) continue to cooperate fully with the Premier League on this matter and are confident of a speedy and fair resolution.”

Everton are currently in the process of appealing a 10-point deduction from a previous charge earlier in the season.