James King talks to BBC Sport

Posted on 02 September 2015. Source: BBC

James King talks to BBC Sport

James King, a member of the Sports group and Employment department, spoke with BBC Sport about the options for West Brom and Saido Berahino after a deadline-day bid by Tottenham Hotspur to sign the striker fell through.

BBC Sport spoke to Mishcon de Reya's James King about the Berahino saga and the potential fallout of strike action by the player.

He told us the following:

•A player is in breach of his contract if he refuses to play

•Continued refusal to play can be deemed gross misconduct and a sackable offence, although this is unlikely as the player becomes a free agent and the club loses a transfer fee

•A player can be fined up to two weeks' wages for breaching social media rules and up to four weeks' wages for other offences in a 12-month period

•Punishments for refusal to play can include an order for the player to stay away from the club for up to a month, a suspension or a fine of up to six weeks' wages

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