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8 Football Teams Who Were Stripped Of Their League Titles

Could Manchester City be about to join another elite list?

Vincent Kompany
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The scandal of Manchester City's violation of Financial Fair Play rules by overstating sponsorship revenue rumbles on. UEFA have already imposed a ban on the club competing in European football for the next two seasons, but the Premier League are also keen to investigate and may well want to provide their own punishment for violating their similar FFP laws.

This week a rumour has broken that, given the alleged offenses took place in the 2012-16 period, the league could decide retroactively to deduct City points from those seasons. The major effect of that would be to strip the club of the title that they won under Manuel Pellegrini in 2014.

That was the season in which City snatched the title from early frontrunners Liverpool by just two points, after Steven Gerrard's infamous slip against Chelsea. So, even the slightest points deduction would see them have to hand the Reds the title.

Such a severe punishment seems unlikely, though, as in the annals of football history there are actually precious few instances where a title winner has been stripped of their trophy after the fact.

In fact, that we have to go all around the world and travel back decades to even get this list up to eight entries shows just how rare revoking an already won title is.

With that in mind, here are eight teams that City could be about to join in having their trophies wrestled from their hands.

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