Manchester City will reportedly seek the services of barrister Lord Pannick KC as they defend themselves against Premier League charges.

Pannick could cost City as much as £10,000 an hour to defend the organisation as an independent commission determines whether to punish them over the findings of a four-year Premier League investigation, according to The Lawyer. Disciplinary measures for violations of financial rules could be as harsh as a points deduction or relegation, so the club are willing to pay any amount to fund a strong defence.

If paid at his highest requested fee, Pannick would make as much as star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

There is no set timetable for when the independent commission, appointed by the Premier League’s judiciary panel, must finalise its ruling on Manchester City. The proceedings will happen in private.

The club will try to focus on the pitch as turmoil unsettles them off of it, with a crucial game against Arsenal set for next Wednesday after a weekend clash with Aston Villa.

Source: Goal

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