Ferdinand needs Man City icon’s Premier League medal in the event that they get factors deducted
The Citizens are beneath investigation after being charged with greater than a ton of FFP violations, a few of which date again over a decade and all of which they deny. The membership at the moment are staring down the barrel of a main factors deduction and probably even relegation after Everton had 10 factors deducted for breaking the principles, and Ferdinand says he’ll profit from it if City’s 2011/12 Premier League triumph is rescinded.
Discussing the scenario on his FIVE podcast, the Manchester United legend mentioned: “I’m ringing Joleon Lescott up if anything happens with City and they get punished, Joleon, I want your medal hand delivered to my house, and I’m wearing that medal. That Aguero moment’s gone.”
City famously pipped United to the title on the ultimate day of the 2011/12 season to land their first ever Premier League title, courtesy of a last-gasp Sergio Aguero winner in opposition to QPR. Lescott was on the coronary heart of City’s defence that season and claimed the primary of his two winners’ medals, incomes the second in 2013/14.
Whether City are liable to being stripped of previous honours is not identified, although some assume it might occur given the enormity of the allegations in opposition to the Manchester membership. There isn’t any precedent for groups being stripped of titles in English soccer historical past, although City’s 115 FFP costs is equally unprecedented.
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Lescott gained 4 main honours in complete on the Etihad Stadium. He joined the membership from Everton in 2009, and made 160 appearances earlier than leaving for West Brom in 2014. He additionally made 26 instances for England, typically sharing a dressing room, and a pitch, with Ferdinand.
City have been charged with 115 breaches of the Premier League’s monetary guidelines relating to sponsors and contracts throughout a nine-year time span again in February following a four-year investigation. The Manchester membership has frequently pleaded its innocence and insists it has “irrefutable evidence” that it has not fallen foul of rules.
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They have been accused of failing to offer “a true and fair view of the club’s financial position”, of failing to “include full details” of participant and supervisor remuneration, of failing to adjust to guidelines relating to monetary honest play and failing to cooperate in a Premier League investigation that has concluded after greater than 4 years.