Liverpool's 'spygate' may stop Manchester City being stripped of 2014 Premier League title

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Things could be about to get even worse for Manchester City. 

After the club was hit with a two-year Champions League ban, it's not just UEFA who can smell blood. 

The Premier League are under pressure to follow suit by investigating whether the champions have breached Financial Fair Play regulations. 

Despite reports that City could be expelled from the top flight altogether and banished to League Two - a similar fate to that suffered by Rangers in Scotland - nobody really expects that to happen. 

A more realistic prospect is that their 2013/14 title could be taken away due to supposed irregularities in the period in question. 

Good news for Steven Gerrard, among others... 

Liverpool, of course, finished second that season and are now wondering whether their three-decade wait for a title could have ended earlier if City were to be given a backdated points deduction. 

However, not only would it be unprecedented for the Premier League to strip a team of a major honour, the situation may be complicated by Liverpool themselves. 

The Times reference the Reds' recent 'spygate' scandal and suggest it poses another challenge for the governing body as they cannot be seen to let one club off a scandal while imposing sanctions on another. 

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Liverpool were accused of hacking City's scouting systems and the two parties ultimately settled on a £1 million agreement. 

City could now use that case as a reference point for their argument that they are being treated unfairly. 

That means the Reds may really have shot themselves in the foot. 

It's a good job Jurgen Klopp's side are on course to get their revenge by finally getting their hands on a title of their own in just a few short weeks' time. 

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