The aftermath of a failed attempt by the Super League of English “big six” clubs and six of their European counterparts is just beginning with the dropping of a new legal bomb on Wednesday afternoon.
After a climb from all six English clubs that took part on Tuesday night, the main honors at each club all Wednesday apologized to their fans.
However, an apology to the fans and the other 14 clubs in the Premier League may not be the end of the matter.
Sean Jones QC was quoted on Sky Sports as outlining his thoughts on a breach of contract that could have far-reaching consequences for everyone involved in the Super League project.
Jones, an arbitrator and attorney from 11KBW’s law firm, explained that all player contracts require their club to abide by FA and Premier League rules, otherwise the club has committed a “repulsive breach of contract”.
Any such breach would mean that players can terminate their contracts and transfer registration to another club without the need for a transfer fee.
Jones added that clause 11.1 of UEFA’s rules allows players to terminate a contract if there is a material breach of conditions which, it is believed, could happen in this case.
QC spoke as a guest at a webinar organized by Law in Sport to discuss the legal implications of the failed Super League project.
Jones added that the six English clubs involved have clearly violated the L9 Premier League rule, which says that no club can enter another competition without the written approval of the Premier League board.
If a player is determined to cancel his current contract, he will surely face a legal challenge, but according to Jones, the law is on the side of the player.
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With Harry Kane and Son Heung-min already reportedly considering their future at Tottenham, Kepa Arrizabalaga doing the same at Chelsea and Hector Bellerin linked to a summer transfer from Arsenal, a loss on potentially large transfer fees could exacerbate the cost of the failed Super League project.
Whether any player will want to take their club to the field and start what could be a time-consuming and expensive legal process remains to be seen.
The fact that the option is here only shows the consequences of the Super League just beginning and the possible consequences could be far greater than just swallowing the pride of publicly apologizing.