The row between Everton and Watford over Marco Silva could rumble on into the New Year after an independent commission was launched by the Premier League.
Watford claim the Blues made an "unwarranted approach" for Silva last season and lodged an official complaint to the League.
The Premier League were keen for Everton and Watford to resolve the issue between themselves but the two clubs have not been able to settle their dispute.
An independent commission has now been set up to bring an end to the row and if Everton are found guilty they are likely to face a heavy fine. Although Premier League rules state a points deduction is possible in such circumstances it is understood that is highly unlikely to happen.
Everton wanted Silva to replace the sacked Ronald Koeman in October and had been willing to pay around £10m to prise him from his Vicarage Road contract but Watford denied the club permission to speak to the Portuguese coach.