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Manchester City are facing a two-year ban from the Champions League for breaching financial regulations. -AFP
Manchester City are facing a two-year ban from the Champions League for breaching financial regulations. -AFP

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has said he will be keeping a close eye on whether the English Premier League punishes Manchester City for breaching financial regulations.

City have been banned from European competition for the next two seasons and fined 30 million euros (US$32.52 million) by UEFA after an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play rules.

City have denied any wrongdoing and confirmed they are appealing the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Premier League have also opened an investigation into City, who won the 2013-14 league title by finishing two points ahead of Liverpool.

"I'm really, really interested in it ... for obvious reasons," Rangers manager Gerrard, who captained the Liverpool side during the 2013-14 campaign, told reporters.

"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."

UEFA said City had committed "serious breaches" of the regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016. -Reuters

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