Five huge clubs demoted like Man City could be – including Rangers and Juventus
Manchester City's books are once again under a microscope as the Premier League has charged City with more than 100 financial breaches following a four-year investigation.
The Premier League has now referred City to an independent commission over their alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018. They deny any wrongdoing, but as the most severe punishment if the charges are upheld, City could be kicked out of the English top flight.
While that punishment is extreme, it's not unheard of. And here Daily Star Sport takes a look at five sides who have been kicked out of their respective leagues after they found themselves in a spot of bother.
Juventus – Serie A
The Calciopoli scandal rocked the football world – and it changed the future of Juventus, who were at the centre of the investigation by Italian police, forever.
Juventus had been found guilty of pressuring Italian referees to favour the Old Lady, and at the start of the 2006/07 season, they were stripped of their last two scudettos. However, worse was to come and Juve were relegated to Serie B.
The Old Lady started the season on -9 points, but they still bounced back the first time of asking. However, it would still be four more years until they conquered Italy again.
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Rangers – Scottish Premiership
Rangers are one of the biggest football teams on the planet – but even that didn't stop financial mismanagement from burning the club to the ground in 2012.
The Scottish giants were placed into administration in February 2012, and four months later they went into liquidation. That summer a phoenix club was born, but they had to start from the bottom of the Scottish pyramid, the fourth tier.
It's been a long road back to the top, but in 2021, Steven Gerrard delivered their first Scottish title, and the following season Rangers reached the final of the Europa League.
Steaua Bucharest – Liga I
In 1986, Steaua Bucharest climbed the mountain to crown themselves as champions of Europe – beating Barcelona on spot kicks.
However, three years later came the Romanian Revolution – which led to Steaua separating from its larger sports club umbrella, championing itself as just a football team. While there were no short-term ramifications, in 2014 the Ministry of Defence sued them over the name.
After a three-year legal battle, FC FCSB (the team that had separated itself) rebranded away from the Steaua name, while the old sports club regained the name, but they were forced to start in the fourth division. Both sides claim the European triumph.
Marseille – Ligue 1
In 1993, Marseille become the only French side, to date, to win the Champions League – but it came at a cost.
A few days before their historical clash with AC Milan, Marseille faced Valenciennes in Ligue 1 – and they needed a win with Lyon and PSG hot on their heels. As a result, Bernard Tapie and Jean-Pierre Bernes tried to bribe several members of Valenciennes' squad.
Unfortunately, a few years later, one of the men they'd attempted to bribe spoke out – leading to an investigation and Marseille's eventual relegation to 1995. Marseille have only won Ligue 1 once since they were relegated in the mid-1990s.
Fiorentina – Serie B
Fiorentina last conquered Italy in 1968 – and the ensuing years have been tumultuous, to say the least, for one of Italy's seven sisters.
La Viola looked back to their best in the 1990s – led by the dynamic duo of Rui Costa and Gabriel Batistuta. However, at the turn of the century, Fiorentina's financial troubles had got the best of them, and they were relegated to Serie B.
Fiorentina, like Rangers, folded and Fiorentina Viola was founded in 2002, starting in Serie C2. In the years since, La Viola have returned to Serie A, were almost kicked out for their role in Calciopoli, before buying back their name and history.
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