Manchester City are launching legal challenges to their 115 Premier League charges, including an objection that the lawyer leading the panel is an Arsenal supporter – but the lawyer leading the defense of champions is also ‘a passionate Gunners fan’
- Murray Rosen KC is the head of the Premier League’s independent judicial panel
- Man City are believed to have raised the issue of Rosen’s support for Arsenal
- However, City lawyer Lord Pannick KC has been described as “a passionate Arsenal fan”.
Manchester City have launched numerous legal challenges to the Premier League’s 115 charges over alleged breaches of financial rules, including raising an extraordinary objection to the involvement of the lawyer leading the process – he is an Arsenal fan.
Murray Rosen KC, head of the Premier League’s independent judicial panel, will appoint the chairman of the independent disciplinary committee which will hear City’s case.
In a series of challenges to the Premier League legal process, City have reportedly raised the issue of Rosen’s support for Arsenal.
The club have also questioned whether recent changes to Premier League rules should apply to the investigation of alleged breaches that occurred at an earlier date.
City’s objection to Rosen is all the more remarkable given that their defense lawyer, Lord Pannick KC, was described as “an avid Arsenal fan” in The Times’ Law 100.
Manchester City have launched numerous legal challenges against the Premier League’s 115 charges over alleged breaches of financial rules
City’s objection to Murray Rosen KC (left) is all the more remarkable as the barrister leading their defence, Lord Pannick KC (right), has been described as ‘a passionate Arsenal fan’.
Murray Rosen’s online biography states that he is a member of Arsenal and also of the MCC
City have vigorously protested their innocence as the scale of their legal challenges could lead to further delays in resolving a case that experts say could take two to four years.
In a statement, Manchester City said it was surprised by the alleged lapses.
It read: “Manchester City FC are surprised by the publication of these alleged breaches of Premier League rules, particularly given the extensive undertaking and the large amount of detailed documentation provided to the EPL.
“The Club welcomes the review of this case by an independent commission, in order to impartially examine the full body of irrefutable evidence that exists in support of its position.
“As such, we look forward to seeing this matter resolved once and for all.”