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When the Football Association found itself being sued by Don Revie, the former England manager, it called upon Robert Johnson, QC, to fight its corner. It was 1979 and Revie had appealed to the High Court over the severity of his ten-year ban from English football for abruptly quitting his job. In return for a considerable payment from the Daily Mail he had announced, before telling his employers, he would be departing and taking up a lucrative job in the UAE. He was charged with bringing the game into disrepute: a decision which Johnson had to defend.

It was something of a thankless task, especially after it became apparent that the judge presiding knew next to nothing about football.

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