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Phew! Sunderland player contracts contain relegation clauses

Sunderland's finances will remain intact should they suffer relegation.

The Independent says if they were to fall into the Championship, players could see their salaries fall by as much as 40 per cent.

That is now policy in light of the financial hardship the club has suffered following previous relegations. After demotion from the Premier League in 2003, 70 members of staff lost their jobs.

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