Man City players could walk out on club on grounds that the trust and confidence in their employers were betrayed, reports claim.
The Etihad outfit have been banned by UEFA from participating in the Champions League in the next two seasons and slapped with a £25million fine.
City were culpable for misleading Europe’s governing body and breaking Financial Fair Play rules.
And according to sports lawyer John Mehrzad, players can walk away from the club as free agents because the club have breached their contracts.
This means that players and coaches will be able to walk away from the club for nothing or request improved financials terms in order to stay.
The legal practitioner also said that players could say the club have prevented them from playing in Europe’s elite tournament. The lawyer said: “Players could contend that their contracts have been undermined – and resign in response, becoming free agents.
Pep Guardiola’s future as well as the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bryune, Sergio Aguero and the likes could leave the club. City’s place in the league have been rendered null and void for a top four place finish as the team that finishes fifth will qualify.
The Etihad out will be taking on Real Madrid in the last 16 and winning the tournament for the first time in their history could be the club’s only consolation.