FIFA approves extension of players’ contracts amid coronavirus crisis
FIFA has given approval for player contracts to be extended until the season can be completed amid the coronavirus pandemic which is set to result in the movement of summer transfer window dates.
The EFL has indefinitely suspended the season, and this means that the season will go beyond the contract end dates of various players. Therefore, FIFA has come up with proposals to address practical issues that may arise due to the COVID-19 crisis.
FIFA met on Tuesday and endorsed a set of principles that were agreed on by the task force overseeing the issue, with contracts and the transfer window being key topics.
FIFA said: “It is proposed that contracts be extended until such time that the season does actually end” and added that deals due to come into force in the next campaign would be “delayed until the next season actually does start.”
The governing body also said “it is necessary to adjust the normal regulatory position to the new factual circumstances” when it comes to the transfer window.
A statement released by the governing body read: “Accordingly, FIFA will be flexible and will allow the relevant transfer windows to be moved so they fall between the end of the old season and the start of the new season.
“At the same time, FIFA will try to ensure, where possible, an overall level of coordination and will also bear in mind the need to protect the regularity, integrity and proper functioning of competitions, so that the sporting results of any competition are not unfairly disrupted.”