Manchester United to seek legal advice amid Ronaldo mutiny – media – RT Sport News
Manchester United must seek legal advice before offering a full response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational interview with British TV host Piers Morgan, in which the player claimed he had been « betrayedby the club and admitted he had no respect for manager Erik ten Hag.
News of the 37-year-old’s unauthorized interview with Morgan on TalkTV, which is expected to be fully broadcast in the coming days, has taken the club by surprise, with several figures in its corridors of power furious with the Portuguese. the insubordination of the star.
In brief clips released online, Ronaldo claims he was abused by the football club and says he feels expelled from the Red Devils.
He also took aim at the club’s management and their all-time top scorer, Wayne Rooney, who has been highly critical of Ronaldo’s behavior in recent months.
United have yet to offer a full response to Ronaldo’s interview, but announced on Monday that they « will consider their response after all the facts have been established– with UK publication Sky Sports suggesting the club are seeking legal advice to work out their options.
In a since-deleted tweet, the litigation and sports attorney David Seligman said Manchester United would likely be within their rights to cancel Ronaldo’s contract at Old Trafford, making him the highest-profile footballer in history to be sacked by his club.
« After this interview, Man United would likely have grounds to terminate Ronaldo’s contract – material breach of the implied duty of trust and confidence as well as the express terms regarding the placing [the] club in disrepute“, wrote Seligman.
It is understood that Ronaldo would not be entitled to any form of financial compensation if it is successfully established that he was at fault or negligent.
FIFA rules state that no compensation is required if a contract is terminated under these circumstances.
Meanwhile, Piers Morgan has explained how the controversial interview came about.
« Well, Cristiano asked me to do it – simple as thatsaid the controversial TV host.
« I didn’t ask him, he asked me.
« Everything was very recent. He’s been thinking about it for a while. I think it’s no secret that he felt deep frustration about what happened at United over the last year.
« He felt it was time to talk. He knows it was going to be incendiary, he knows it’s going to rock some cages, but he also feels he should do this.
« He knows people will criticize him, but he also knows what he says is true.
« Sometimes the truth hurts.”