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Mbappé and the most extreme option to leave Paris

By Alexis Almosnino

Mbappé and the most extreme option to leave Paris

The regulations allow a footballer to be released from his club if it abuses "to modify the terms of the contract." It is a difficult option to apply because "bullying should be touched upon".

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The tension between PSG and Mbappé is growing. The president of the Parisians, Nasser Al Khelaïfi was the first to state categorically that Mbappé would not leave the Parc des Princes. He did it with resounding words. "I will be clear. Kylian Mbappé will continue in Paris, we will never sell him and he will never go free," he said.

The forward, concentrated with France for the dispute of the Eurocopa, has stayed relatively on the sidelines, but without giving in the pulse. An attitude of firmness backed by sporting arguments that only tighten the rope and invite a conflict in which the FIFA regulations could side with the striker. A panic button that would free you from Paris, but that can only be pressed in very specific cases.

Article 14.2 of the FIFA regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (2021) establishes that one of the two parties bound by a contract (not only the player, but also the clubs) can unilaterally terminate that agreement without paying any compensation to the other. part.

"Any abusive conduct by a party that has the objective of forcing its counterpart to terminate a contract or modify its terms [such as renewing, which would be the case of Mbappé], will constitute a just cause for termination for the other party (player or club) ", says the FIFA text.

This translated into the reality of the Mbappé case, would imply that the striker could denounce PSG to request his unilateral release and force his departure due to pressure from the board to renew. "On the role of course it is possible, but in practice it is very difficult to carry it out because, for a player to be able to activate this route, he should have been subjected by his club to harsh restrictions, such as not letting him train with his teammates, no allow him to access their facilities or systematically leave him out of the life of the team as a form of pressure, almost bullying ", analyzes Toni Roca, a lawyer specialized in Sports Law and director of the Sports Law Institute.



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