After the initial shock wave, when the dust settled at Old Trafford Cristiano RonaldoA critical interview, club executives are busy exploring their options for next steps to address the increasingly toxic situation.

On the day of the first talk TV interview with presenter Piers Morgan, Manchester UnitedThe Glazer family’s owners, chief executive Richard Arnold and director of football John Murtaugh, along with manager Erik ten Haag, will speak with their lawyers in the next 24 hours as they await a full statement from the player.

In a video clip published by the Sun newspaper and viewed more than 11 million times on social media so far, Ronaldo accused his employers of betrayal and disrespect and swiped at Ten Hag and the club’s hierarchy. Here’s what we know so far..

But what options are there for the club? How can the 37-year-old star take a constructive step forward following the scandalous politics?


According to what you know, what is the biggest estimate for United?

The most important thing for United is to confirm how much Ronaldo has breached his contract and what they can do as a result.

All top flight players a Premier League Employment contracts with their clubs.

According to this agreement, “authorized officers of the club are obliged to comply with and enforce all legal regulations” and “may not write or say anything that may bring the club to shame… damage to the club”.

Jamie Singer, a partner at Sports Law Lawyers, believes Ronaldo may be in breach of his formal contract.

“There is a specific clause in the contract that says not to say anything that disparages the club or damages the club’s reputation,” he said. “The content of the interview immediately violates it.

“The standard terms include notifying the club of any pre-interviews whenever possible. He could have reported it to the club so I think it was probably another breach.

It is understood United were made aware of the interview held by Ronaldo’s camp on Sunday shortly before Morgan made his first tweet public, so whether that qualifies as reasonable advance notice may be open to interpretation.

“As far as I understand, the standard contract does not prevent players from doing interviews,” added the singer. But by telling them in advance that they will and making sure they join, it obliges them to help and support the club.

In this regard, Ronaldo is no different from his team-mates or any other player in the Premier League’s 19 clubs.

“Every Manchester United player signs a standard Premier League contract and every club is obliged to use it,” says the singer. “He (Ronaldo) signed up for those provisions.

This includes implicit words about trust, honesty and following reasonable guidelines.

“There’s no doubt that what he did would put him in breach of the standard contract. As far as I can see, it is very easy to accuse the club of treason, reneging on promises, disgracing the club and ruining the interests of the club.

What will happen if United decide Ronaldo is in breach of contract?

Finally, the club could terminate the Portuguese’s contract.

He re-joined United in August 2021 on a two-year deal with an option for a further year, with his current deal set to expire in August 2023 – unless a further year is agreed.

However, there is a process United’s hierarchy can follow if they feel a player’s stay at the club is unlikely and want to try to get rid of him, either on appeal or in the event of further injury.

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The most important thing for United is to confirm the extent to which Ronaldo is breaching his contract (Photo: Dan Mullen/Getty Images)

“If he breaks his contract, that’s one thing,” the singer added. But if it’s such a fundamental breach of contract that causes the termination, that’s another level.

“You can’t predict from a few clips and excerpts out of context so it makes sense to know exactly what United and their legal team are saying and then make a judgment call.”

It may be best for United to follow the same process as they do with any breach of contract and consider all of their options.

“There is a disciplinary process and if someone breaches the contract by doing something they shouldn’t have done, the club has the ability to fine and fine the player,” says Singer.

One high-profile former United striker is Romelu Lukaku.

The attacker gave an explosive interview Last season to Sky Italy, lambasting ChelseaBehavior when not playing regularly. Current Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has said in an interview that Lukaku will face some disciplinary action, but unlike Ronaldo, this is a player who was signed for £90m a few months ago.

Lukaku, who apologized for the interview, is currently on loan at Chelsea at Inter Milan.

“If the issue is serious or if the player disagrees, you go into a disciplinary process where the player has an opportunity to defend himself,” says Singer. “They say what they think the club did wrong, they can argue that they don’t think they did anything wrong and then it’s up to the board of the club to decide what the penalty should be or if there is a penalty.” all of them.

“In this case, it will be an internal hearing and it may come down to a situation where you have committed serious misconduct and you can terminate the contract.

Or if they believe there is more to it, they can cut corners and say they don’t need a disciplinary process. They may argue that it is so blatant and obvious serious misconduct that they go straight for termination on 14 days notice.

Are there examples of players having their contracts terminated?

In August 2011 Hull City Record signing Jimmy Bullard has terminated his contract following an incident on a preseason trip to Slovenia.

Bullard had a good contract until the end of the 2012–13 season, leading to a legal dispute between him and the club. The former midfielder has reportedly finally accepted a settlement and both parties have signed non-disclosure agreements.

In the year In 2014, Nicolas Anelka was fired West Bromwich Albion For serious offense. Anelka – Banned for 5 matches and fined £80,000 by the Football Association. quenelle His hand gesture West Ham – He announced on Twitter that he had terminated his playing contract, which had three and a half months to run.


Anelka was sent off by West Brom in 2014 for gross misconduct (Photo: John Walton – PA Images via Getty Images)

The club had suspended the Frenchman in full following the FA’s decision and planned to complete their own investigation. West Brom initially said his Twitter statement was “very unprofessional”.

Three hours later, the club announced that it had written Anelka a 14-day termination notice as per the contract. “He did not apologize for the impact and the results,” Anelka said.quenelle) gesture” or receive a severe fine, which will result in the suspension being lifted.

The singer believes that although United are angry at the interview, it would be better if they were advised to go through the whole process.

“The surest way is to go through the disciplinary hearing process, we’ll set it aside and you can defend yourself,” he said. “Then we will decide the punishment.

“If they are found guilty of serious misconduct, which is very rare, the player can still appeal that to the Premier League. What makes it unusual is that the price of a player’s subscription is usually very important. It is unusual for a club to terminate a player’s contract due to the signing-up fee.

But here you are paying him hundreds of thousands a week and you can’t sell it at a high referral fee. That changes the dynamic a lot.

“To save themselves £400,000 a week it might be worth going down that route. There’s enough incendiary material in what we’ve seen to probably justify a serious offence.”

They wanted to go through the disciplinary process to protect themselves from any claims that it was not a fair and just process. They knew Ronaldo was going to challenge them, so they found another defense then.

So what could be the result?

While United have the option to terminate the contract, they may prefer to do things amicably and quietly.

As well as criticizing the facilities at United’s training ground and making a number of damaging comments about the culture, Ronaldo accused the club of “lack of compassion” when his young daughter was hospitalized in July.

Simon Leff, head of sport at law firm Mishcon de Rea, believes settling the matter privately is the best way for the club to limit further embarrassment.

“The club is caught between a rock and a hard place,” he says. “(a) The right to terminate is subject to Ronaldo’s right to appeal – in particular, United may be in breach of its own obligations to take reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of its staff, which may extend to allowing Ronaldo time off in such difficult circumstances.

“There is no easy answer to this particular legal dispute, and from experience, one suspects, considering the amount involved in the salary and the transfer fee that could be lost, Ronaldo and the club will now try to resolve the problem. In order to save face on both sides, in private matters as amicably as possible.” .

(Top photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)



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