As reported by RMC and Le Parisien, 16-year-old midfielder Hannibal Mejbri has terminated his contract with AS Monaco with immediate effect.
The player’s family has been in a protracted legal battle with AS Monaco to release the teenager from his youth contract which was due to expire in 2021. The Mejbri clan claimed that they had grounds to terminate the deal owing to broken promises and claims that Monaco broke youth player regulations by making a player sign a contract under the age of 15.
After two LFP hearings, the organisation concluded that Mejbri had no grounds to be released from his contract. On Friday however, the family’s lawyer Nadia Zrari announced the unilateral termination of contracts – the move was against the desire of AS Monaco, it is believed that the player will be expect to pay the club for this termination.
After two hearings (17 May and 3 June), the Legal Committee of the Football League (LFP) had given reason to Monaco and rejected the request for release of the family of Hannibal Mejbri. But as we announced, the latter decided to counterattack. The family of Hannibal Mejbri and his lawyer Nadia Zrari announced this Friday evening their decision to “unilaterally terminate the contracts” linking them to AS Monaco.
The player’s father had the following to say:
“We were satisfied with the decision made by the LFP. We asked the LFP’s legal commission to condemn AS Monaco for its illegal practices in the contracts it offered Hannibal and his family. The commission rejected this request, in particular because Monaco were already convicted of these same practices against Hannibal Mejbri on February 5th. We thus learned that a sanction had been pronounced against AS Monaco in the specific case of Hannibal. We also asked the Legal Committee to assist us in the amicable termination of the contracts binding Hannibal to the Club of AS Monaco. The commission welcomed our request, but in view of the discussions at the meeting, it noted that no agreement was possible. Today we are forced to unilaterally terminate the contracts binding us to AS Monaco.”
It remains to be seen now how Monaco will react. The club was expecting Hannibal Mejbri to return for training in July. The U16 international and his entourage are now free to sign for whoever they wish. Manchester United and Lyon have already sent them offers.