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Martial fine's the daddy of them all.


PRESUMABLY, Anthony Martial did not bother with the admin.

Had he notified his employer at least 15 weeks before his baby son's due date, he would presumably have been entitled to paid paternity leave.

It would only have amounted to PS145 a week but, hey, that is better than being stung for PS180,000 for having nine days away from work to be at the birth and spend some time with the new arrival.

In a generally upbeat press conference on Friday, Jose Mourinho dropped in the nugget that Martial (left) has been the only player to be fined on his United watch, presumably for not having permission to extend his stay in Paris after the birth of his second child.

Legally, Manchester United must consider themselves on solid ground, especially as unpaid paternity leave is also a legal right.

Yet this was pre-season, Martial left United's summer tour on July 25 and was back in work on August 3, a week before the club's first Premier League fixture.

Rules are rules and all that and Martial might not miss the money.

But, for a family club, it doesn't look great.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion Columns
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 19, 2018
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