Lawyer in charge of independent commission on Man City is an Arsenal fan
The lawyer in charge of the independent commission investigating Manchester City’s alleged Financial Fair Play breaches is an Arsenal fan.
Pep Guardiola’s side failed to make up ground on the Gunners in the title race after losing 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. City are five points behind Mikel Arteta’s side, but that gap will extend to eight points if Arsenal win their game in hand.
However, City’s woes on the pitch could soon be worsened as the Premier League recently announced the club have been charged with over 100 alleged breaches of financial regulations. And the man entrusted with overseeing the independent commission on City’s affairs is actually an Arsenal supporter.
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Barrister Murray Rosen KC has been appointed as the chair of the independent commission looking into City. He will also be entrusted with appointing other members of the panel who could very well hand City a points deduction.
However, while members of the King’s Counsel are deemed to be too experienced to be influenced by outside events and voices, Rosen is a passionate Arsenal fan.
“He is a strong believer in fairness and in the power and benefits of sport and has a keen appreciation of its social, political and financial aspects,” Rosen’s profile on the 4 New Square chambers wrote. “He has participated in sport all his life, is a member of the MCC and Arsenal FC, and still regularly plays real tennis and ping pong.
“His knowledge of the sports scene and the issues which arise, both commercial and regulatory, in relation to the governance of sport, and its competitions and events, makes him a sympathetic hands-on tribunal chairman and a successful mediator.
“He has recently initiated an ad hoc working party consulting and reporting on the Impact of Covid-19 on sport disputes resolution procedures, supported and published by LawinSport.”
The charges implicating City begin at the 2009-10 campaign and go all the way up to the 2017-18 season.
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