Perennial champions Manchester City have officially filed legal appeals contesting the Premier League’s 115 charges, which accuse them of violating league regulations.
According to The Times, the Cityzens question both the legality of the investigation itself and the inclusion of the barrister overseeing the disciplinary proceedings.
They have initiated a dispute regarding the recent modifications made to the Premier League’s rules, contending that these changes should not retroactively apply to investigations concerning alleged violations before the amendments’ introduction.
City have objected to the participation of Murray Rosen KC, the head of the Premier League’s independent judicial panel, as one of the key figures in appointing the chair of the disciplinary commission.
It is worth noting that according to the existing rules, Rosen has the authority to appoint himself. However, his profile on his chambers’ website indicates he is a member of the MCC and Arsenal.
Curiously, both the Premier League and Man City declined to comment, but it’s now a near-certainty that the Cityzens’ appeal will force further delay to the outcome.
When it comes to a legal dispute between the clubs and the league, the matter would typically go before an arbitration tribunal as the initial step.
But if necessary, the case may progress to the High Court and, potentially, the Court of Appeal.
As such, legal experts predict the anticipated duration for the completion of the legal proceedings could range from two to four years.
Following the announcement of the charges in February, Man City expressed their firm intention to employ all available legal measures to vigorously defend themselves.
They emphasised having ‘irrefutable evidence’ to debunk the alleged 115 rule breaches spanning 14 seasons from 2009/10 to the current campaign.
It may take a while before the verdict comes to light but, in the meantime, Pep Guardiola’s men are about to celebrate another Premier League title.
Man City can wrap up a third consecutive league crown on Sunday when they meet Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.
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