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The day three of England's most senior judges DISMANTLED Manchester City's defence and their please to hide a Premier League investigation... the Mail on Sunday had the sole reporter in court and only now can his dramatic dispatch be published

The doors to Court 73 stand at the end of a short, sparsely furnished corridor. A wooden bench stretches down one wall, signs remind visitors to keep a social distance. Staff need not have worried.

It is mid-morning after the night before — English football is still nursing sore heads and hoarse voices after a 2-0 victory over Germany at Wembley.

This corridor is deserted, even as the country's leading club prepares to flex its muscles and clear its throat. Indeed, there is nothing to indicate the bitter fight bubbling behind those double doors. And that is exactly how the two sides want it to remain.