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Manchester City Could Have Two Premier League Titles Taken Away From Them

Manchester City Could Have Two Premier League Titles Taken Away From Them

Manchester City could be forced to hand back two of their Premier League titles and that would mean Steven Gerrard and Liverpool winning the 2013/14 title.

On Friday City were punished for allegedly breaching UEFA's FFP rules and banned from entering European competition for the next two years.

The Premier League are set to have their own investigation and, should they be found guilty, City could face a points deduction for their actions between 2012 and 2016.

A deduction this year could be seen as meaningless, considering Liverpool's 25 point lead at the top of the table, and according to the Mail the league could instead use the points ban retrospectively.

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City's title win in 2014 would fall under that time period and should the 2012 date be by calendar year rather than the beginning of the 2012/13 season then it could be two titles taken away from the Sky Blues.

The 2014 winning season, which is the most likely in danger as it falls right in the middle of the years in question, was made most famous for the way Liverpool threw away the title.

With just three games left of their season the Reds led the title race but Gerrard's slip against Chelsea and Crystal Palace's comeback from 3-0 down in the next game handed City the title.

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Brendan Rodgers' side finished just two points behind their rivals and any retrospective points deduction would make them champions that season, give Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and somewhat ironically Raheem Sterling all a title.

The other season in question would be the 2011/12 season, if the misdemeanours are by calendar year, which was made famous by Sergio Aguero's last minute title winning goal.

That goal against QPR handed Roberto Mancini's side the club's first Premier League title on goal difference and retrospective action would hand Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson a 14th league title.

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Should the UEFA punishment stand, after City appeal their ban, then it would mean two seasons outside of the Champions League and Europa League and is likely to lead to a breaking up of their side.

Pep Guardiola could be one of those to leave too and is being heavily linked with the Juventus job, even before the recent news.

Will City lose their titles and their team or will they win their appeal?

Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Football News, Manchester United, Pep Guardiola, Sir Alex Ferguson, Premier League, Brendan Rodgers, Steven Gerrard

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