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Manchester City 'hire £20,000-a-day lawyer who helped block Brexit twice' in bid to get their two-year ban from European football thrown out

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Manchester City have hired the lawyer who helped block Brexit twice as the Premier League champions look to overturn their two-year ban from European football, according to The Mirror.

David Pannick QC is recognised as one of the UK’s top lawyers and has been drafted in by City to lead their legal battle against UEFA following the decision earlier this month. 

The 63-year-old represented Gina Miller on two occasions when she challenged Boris Johnson and former Prime Minister Theresa May on issues relating to Brexit. 

In 2016 he successfully represented Ms Miller in her legal challenge preventing Theresa May from taking Great Britain out of the European Union without parliamentary consent. 

Mr Pannick, who became Baron Pannick of Radlett in 2008 after being awarded a life peerage, also represented the Brexit activist last September when she claimed to the Supreme Court that Boris Johnson had given the Queen unlawful advice in his attempt to prorogue Parliament. 

City chiefs will be hoping he can use his legal expertise to help the club out of trouble having been handed a heavy punishment by UEFA. The club has shelled out £20,000 a day to cover Mr Pinnock’s legal costs.  

European football was rocked last Friday when the governing body announced that the English club were to be banned for two years from European competition as well as slapped with a £25million fine for ‘serious breaches’ of financial regulations.

The first offence relates to ‘overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to Uefa between 2012 and 2016’ while ‘failing to cooperate in the investigation’. 

City have expressed their intention to challenge the appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and hope the issue can be resolved before the summer.  

The ruling leaves the Premier League champions in an ominous position, with question marks raised over the futures of some of their key stars.

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