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Legal expert: Man City players could quit over breach of contract

Manchester City players could walk out on the club over their two season Champions League ban, it has been claimed.

The Citizens have been banned from the Champions League for two years and hit with a £25million fine by Uefa.

City have been found guilty of seriously misleading European football's governing body and breaking Financial Fair Play rules.

Top sports lawyer John Mehrzad has claimed the club have breached the "trust and confidence" of the players' contracts.

Mehrzad is a leading barrister that represents football players, managers, agents and clubs.

And he tweeted: "City arguably has fundamentally breached their contracts, entitling them to walk out of the club or seek improved financial terms to stay."

The lawyer said: "City players could contend that their player contracts have been fundamentally undermined - and resign in response, effectively becoming free agents."

But Fifa would need to be persuaded that the players had "just cause" to terminate their own contracts with the club.

Mehrzad added: "Their agents can now demand hefty guaranteed payments/renegotiated contracts for players to stay."

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