Man City ‘could have Premier League title stripped’ after Champions League ban
Manchester City could reportedly be stripped of the Premier League title they won in 2014 if they are deemed to have breached financial rules.
City have been banned from European competition for the next two seasons by UEFA due to “serious breaches” of their financial fair play rules.
The club have appealed against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but if it is upheld it is likely that the Premier League will also investigate their past dealings.
And according to the Daily Mail a commission could deduct points retrospectively, meaning their 2014 title win may be in danger.
City won the league in the 2013/2014 season in one of the closest title races in recent years, finishing on 86 points- just four ahead of their nearest challengers Liverpool.
But UEFA have stated that the period between 2012-2016 was when City overstated their sponsorship income, meaning that in theory the 2014 title win could be stripped and handed to Liverpool retrospectively.
It remains to be seen exactly how many points City would be deducted if found guilty, but it would be a sensational turn of events that is unprecedented in English football.
It has occurred in European football, however, most notably famously when Italian giants Juventus were stripped of their 2005 and 2006 Serie A titles and relegated to Serie B after they were found guilty of illegal telephone interceptions involving referees.
There are fears from City fans that their manager Pep Guardiola could move on at the end of the season if their European ban is not overturned, and the likes of former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers are being linked with replacing him.
City are next in action on Wednesday when they play their previously postponed Premier League fixture against West Ham.