Man City has hired a £20,000-a-day lawyer, who helped block Brexit twice, to help overturn their European football ban.
Earlier this month, the Premier League champions were hit with a two-year ban from the Champions League and Europa League, and a £24.9million fine, after breaching Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.
Man City said they will appeal the punishment at the Court of Arbitration ‘at the earliest opportunity’, with the club’s CEO Ferran Soriano passionately denying the allegations, saying they are ‘simply not true’.
And the reigning Premier League champions have responded by bringing in David Pannick QC, one of the lawyers in the UK, to head up their legal fight against UEFA.
The 63-year-old represented Gina Miller twice when she took issue with former Prime Minister Theresa May and current PM Boris Johnson over Brexit.
He successfully represented Miller when she stopped May from taking Great Britain out of the European Union without consent from Parliament in 2016.
And Pannick represented Miller once more last year when she told the Supreme Court that Boris Johnson had given the Queen the wrong advice when trying to suspend Parliament.
Man City is hoping Pannick can do the same and manage to keep them in European competition, and are understood to be paying £20,000-a-day for Pannick’s services.
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