Manchester City could lose its prominent players, adding up to the tensions caused by the Champions League ban imposed by UEFA.
Manchester City was banned by UEFA to participate in the Champions League for next two seasons after finding financial irregularities by which breaches FFP rules and regulations.
As Manchester City set to file an appeal against the decision made by UEFA in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Manchester City could also face points deduction in the Premier League and possible relegation.
However, this problem doesn’t remain till here, with Manchester City set to face a lengthy battle at the CAS, it could lose its best players, even if they have years left in their contracts as explained by a Sports lawyer John Mehrzad.
Mehrzad has elaborately explained that City’s European ban could allow any of the club’s players to terminate their contracts and make themselves free agents.
He further explained that UK employment law would likely favour the City players whose club ‘has acted in a way that has destroyed their ability to play in UEFA Champions League for 2 seasons.’
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1. It is arguable that Man City’s conduct (subject to CAS appeal) in breaching UEFA (and it would seem PL) regs would be a breach of the implied term of trust and confidence City’s player contracts.
— John Mehrzad (@JohnMehrzadLaw) February 15, 2020
Although, it seems unlikely for a mass exodus in the squad of Manchester City, but if the ban prevails then the prominent players, who are at the peak of their careers, wouldn’t mind making a move.
Leroy Sane has already been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, whereas, Raheem Sterling since long has been rumoured to join Real Madrid. Thus, this ban gives an option for other clubs to exploit Manchester City.
apart from players, even Pep Guardiola has been rumoured to making a move, and reports with Juventus has already fuelled on the internet, as a two-year Champions League ban will leave him with no other option.
Surely, this ban can sabotage years of investment made by Manchester City owners to make their team a dominant force in Europe, bringing them many steps behind.