Transfer window dates will be moved to the summer and players’ contracts will be extended to the end of the season due to the coronavirus crisis, FIFA has proposed.
Uncertainty remains over when, and indeed if, the football season will be completed amid the pandemic.
It’s clear that if football does resume, the season is likely to extend into August – and Chelsea are one of a number of clubs who have key players with contracts that expire on June 30 – such as Willian, Pedro and Olivier Giroud.
FIFA said ‘it is proposed that contracts be extended until such time that the season does actually end’, while 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 transfer windows.
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A statement from 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.”
FIFA has also looked at football employment agreements during this crisis and ‘strongly encourages clubs and players to work together to find agreements and solutions during the period when football is suspended’.
The statement added: “If parties cannot agree and, as a consequence, cases come to FIFA, the factors to be examined will include the following: whether there was a genuine attempt by the club to reach agreement with the players; what the economic situation of the club is; the proportionality of any adjustment to player contracts; the net income position of players after any contract adjustment; and whether players have been treated equally or not.
“In this way, FIFA hopes that it will be able to find solutions that are fair and balanced for both sides.”