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Steven Gerrard Responds To Manchester City Possibly Having Title Stripped

Steven Gerrard has revealed he's 'really interested' to see what punishment the Premier League might give Manchester City if the current champions fail to overturn their ban by UEFA.

On Friday City were banned by UEFA for two years from European competition for Financial Fair Play breaches, subject to appeal from the club, and on the weekend there were reports the Premier League could also hand out a punishment.

Included in the options for the league is a retrospective points deduction that could see them lose the 2013/14 title and then hand it to Liverpool, something that is certainly interesting to Gerrard. "We will wait and see. From a UEFA point of view, it is a real strong sentence or punishment," the Rangers manager told reporters.

"I'm sure they will appeal so we will wait and see what the outcome is on that. Then we will see whether the Premier League act from there.

"I will give you a comment once I know that the Premier League decide to do. But if you look at the severity of the punishment from UEFA, something has gone badly wrong. So I'm really interested to see the outcome of that. Until I get the punishment from the Premier League, I won't comment. But I'm really, really interested in it... for obvious reasons.

"It's all ifs and buts. It is what it is. Manchester City were champions. As I sit here right now, congratulations to them. They are champions.

"Until things develop, if they develop, it's all ifs and buts. I've got nothing to say on the matter. All I say is I'm very interested because of the severity of what UEFA have put out there. That tells me that something has gone badly wrong. We will see how that progresses."

In 2014 City pipped their rivals Liverpool to the title by just two points. With just a few weeks left of the season the Reds led the way when they faced Jose Mourinho's Chelsea with three games to go.

Gerrard's infamous slip cost his team that game and then Brendan Rodgers' team threw away a three goal lead against Crystal Palace in the next game as City overtook them in the title race and won it on the final day.

It was the closest the Liverpool legend came to winning the league as a player but he could soon find himself with a winners medal.

City's punishment could be a points deduction for this season but the league might see that as worthless considering they are currently 25 points behind Liverpool at the moment.

If UEFA's ban stands then punishment towards this season wouldn't impact their campaign in anyway other than for prize money for their position in the final league table.

The club's rivals Manchester United could also be looking out for a potential title win should the 2012-2016 period that City have allegedly broken FFP rules include the end of the 2011/12 season.

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