Man City could be stripped off the 2014 Premier League title, will Liverpool be named champions instead following the investigation?
This is very well the season of Liverpool in every sense. In what could very well be a dream come true campaign for every Liverpool fan, the Reds have stormed their way to an international treble and are still in the running for a European treble as well.
In contrast, their closest rivals, Manchester City have been struck by the UEFA with a 2-year Champions League ban due to “serious breaches” of their financial fair play rules. The club have since appealed the decision. However, if the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the decision, then it is likely that the Premier League will also investigate their past dealings.
Man City could be stripped off the 2014 Premier League title, will Liverpool be named champions instead?
According to the Daily Mail, the Premier League rule book allows a commission to deduct points retrospectively, which would impact City’s positions in the seasons affected. Namely, the period from 2012 to 2016, as that is when UEFA’s CFCB says that City overstated their sponsorship income.
While it is unclear whether City’s 2012 win will be included, their 2014 win will surely come under the scanner. Should the club have their points reduced by at least 3 points or more, it is possible, in theory at least, that the second placed side will be granted the title.
Who were the second placed side that season?
None other than Liverpool of course.
Imagine going almost 30 seasons without a title and winning two in the same campaign!
While it is unlikely that such an event will take place, it is not completely out of the realm. Juventus were (in)famously 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.
Should the unprecedented act of Liverpool winning two Premier League titles in the season go through, the Liverpool fans will also get their long-standing wish of seeing Steven Gerrard win a Premier League winners medal.
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