'Stop messing with our lives': Christian Norgaard hits out at points deduction farce as Brentford dragged into relegation battle

Christian Norgaard has hit out at the Premier League’s points deduction farce as Brentford face up to an uncertain relegation battle, accusing administrators of “messing with people’s lives”.

On Monday, Everton saw their punishment for breaching financial fair play rules reduced from 10 points to six, enough to lift Sean Dyche’s men above Brentford even before the latter’s defeat at West Ham last night.

After a 4-2 thrashing at the London Stadium — the Bees’ fifth defeat in six matches — Thomas Frank’s side now sit just two places outside the relegation zone and have played a game more than Luton, who are five points worse off in 18th.

However, the picture has the potential to change again before the end of the season, with both Everton and 17th-placed Nottingham Forest facing fresh profit and sustainability charges.

Somewhere, someone is sitting with a calculator and putting in points, taking away points

Christian Norgaard

“It’s hard for me to comment on these deductions,” said Brentford captain Norgaard. “Somewhere, someone is sitting with a calculator and putting in points, taking away points. I don’t know. It’s people’s jobs, people’s lives they’re messing with.

“I don’t know what’s going on, to be fair. We have to focus on us, not on Everton. I’m sure we will improve and I’m sure we will find ourselves safe in the Premier League when all is said and done, but there are things we have to talk about and improve.”

The hearings over both Forest and Everton’s new breaches are set to take place next month, but given both clubs will have the right to appeal any punishment, there is concern the matter will not be settled until late in the campaign.

There is even a possibility that any sanctions will not be finalised until after the last day of the season on May 19, meaning the relegation contenders face uncertainty over what exactly it will take to beat the drop.

Brentford have lost 11 of their last 13 games (REUTERS)
Brentford have lost 11 of their last 13 games (REUTERS)

“We can’t rely on other things, like hoping Everton get [more] points dropped,” fellow Brentford midfielder Vitaly Janelt added. “We have to focus on ourselves to get the points and try our best to stay in the League.”

Defeat at West Ham means Brentford have now lost 12 of their last 15 Premier League matches since winning the reverse fixture in early November.

Frank’s side had hoped that a trip to the Hammers — who were winless in 2024 before last night — would prove a softer touch after losses to Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City (twice) in recent weeks, but instead they were stunned by Jarrod Bowen’s early double and never recovered.

“When you concede so easily and you’re 2-0 down after seven minutes, in this League it’s suicide,” said Norgaard. “How are you going to come back from that? You make it so hard for yourself.

“I think we have to talk about it, we have to improve and we will improve. We will do better and we will finish off the season very strong, I’m sure of that. But, of course, right now it’s very tough.”

Jarrod Bowen scored a career-first hat-trick (Action Images via Reuters)
Jarrod Bowen scored a career-first hat-trick (Action Images via Reuters)

Neal Maupay hit back swiftly with his fifth goal in as many League starts against the Hammers, but Bowen completed his hat-trick just after the hour-mark, before Emerson’s screamer settled the contest, substitute Yoane Wissa’s late curler a mere consolation.

Brentford also saw centre-back Ben Mee limp off injured, the former Burnley man later leaving the stadium in a protective boot and on crutches.

The fixture list does not get much kinder for the west Londoners, who host Chelsea in a derby on Saturday and then travel to in-form Arsenal a week later.

“In general, against the better teams we perform quite well, and now we have to show it again,” Janelt said. “I can’t remember the last time we lost against Chelsea, so that’s a good sign.

“Of course, we have to show a 10-out-of-10 performance, otherwise we’ll end up again like today. We have to focus on ourselves, another week to train and then, hopefully, we get the three points at home against Chelsea.”