Steven Gerrard admits he is ‘really, really interested’ to see if, and how, the Premier League punish Manchester City after the club were found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play rules, amid speculation the club could be stripped of some of their honours.
The reigning Premier League champions have been banned from European competition for two seasons by UEFA after being found guilty of breaking financial rules, though the club will appeal the verdict to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Pep Guardiola’s side are also set to be subject of a separate investigation from the Premier League into their financial conduct, with the club at risk of being deducted points retrospectively, a decision which could see 2014 runners-up Liverpool instated as champions.
Gerrard was the captain of that Liverpool side under Brendan Rodgers six years ago, and it was the former midfielder’s infamously unfortunate slip against Chelsea which handed the title initiative to Man City in the closing weekends of the league season.
The Rangers boss has now reacted to the news of City’s punishment and ongoing investigation, and admits he will be awaiting the Premier League’s verdict with interest – ‘for obvious reasons’.
“I read that myself this morning,” Gerrard said after his side’s win over Livingston, as per Sky Sports.
“We will wait and see. From a UEFA point of view, it is obviously a real strong sentence or punishment. 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. 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 further. 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.”