·7 February 2023
·7 February 2023
Manchester City face a serious legal battle against the Premier League.
On Monday, an unprecedented statement was released confirming the current champions have been charged with over 100 breaches of financial rules.
If City are found to be guilty on numerous counts, the punishments coming their way could be severe in the extreme, potentially including relegation to England's lower divisions.
But City are preparing to fight back and they're set to hire Blackstone Chambers’ Lord Pannick KC as their main defence lawyer.
He will go head-to-head with his Blackstone Chambers colleague, Adam Lewis KC.
Pannick is one of the leading barristers in the UK and was a key part of City's legal team in their successful battle against UEFA in 2020, which was also over accusations of financial wrongdoings.
On top of that, the leading silk recently advised former British prime minister Boris Johnson in relation the now infamous Partygate inquiry.
The Citizens' hierarchy will be hopeful that Pannick can steer them to victory once again in what will be one of the biggest sports law skirmishes in history.
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The Lawyer, Pannick usually charges £5,000 per hour for his services, although he has been known to request a whopping £10,000 per 60 minutes of work.
If he were to receive the higher amount, the 66-year-old barrister would pocket around £80,000-per-day, or £400,000-per-week.
That's the same wage as City's - and indeed the Premier League's - highest-earning player, Kevin De Bruyne.
Even if Pannick were to receive only £5,000 per hour, he'd still be pocketing more money each week that all but seven members of Pep Guardiola's playing squad.
Pretty mad, right?
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As of yet, no specific timeline has been provided with regards to the case.
In fact, those in power at City are predicting that manager Guardiola will be long gone before there's a definitive conclusion.
It's without question the biggest legal case in Premier League history and once it's over, the footballing landscape in England could look very, very different.
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