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12 Players Who Had Their Contracts Terminated

With Kaizer Chiefs recently announcing the release of a senior player, here are 12 other footballers who had their contracts terminated, some for incredibly strange reasons.

Click through the gallery above to see 12 stars who had their deals cancelled, according to various sources.

Siphelele Ntshangase joined Chiefs from Baroka FC in 2018, but failed to make his mark at Naturena and has now been released for free by the South African giants.

With the 27-year-old midfielder set for a new journey, we recall other times players were released by clubs, focusing mainly on European football and two other high-profile cases in Mzansi.

In December 2015, only hours after announcing his arrival at the club, Barcelona revealed that they had cancelled Sergi Guardiola's contract after reportedly discovering offensive tweets he had made about the Spanish giants and Catalonia.

The Blaugrana were said to have found that Guardiola made provocative tweets about Barcelona and the region in which it is in 2013, although the player insisted it was a friend who took his phone and posted those damaging comments as a joke.

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A year earlier, West Bromwich Albion sacked superstar striker Nicolas Anelka after a certain goal celebration of his was alleged to have had anti-Semitic implications.

After being punished by the English Football Association, the Frenchman claimed he had cancelled his contract in England, comments that were later deemed untrue by the club, who swiftly parted ways with the ex-Real Madrid and Arsenal man.

In 2012, former Portugal international Luis Boa Morte had his deal with Orlando Pirates cancelled after not quite impressing as much as many thought he might have in South Africa.

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Four big names in Europe have already seen their contracts being terminated this year, including former Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and ex-Arsenal superstar Mesut Ozil, with the latter joining Fenerbahce, where his struggles seem to have continued.

The 32-year-old has made just seven appearances for the club since his arrival in Turkey, and is yet to contribute to a goal.

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