FIFA approve plans to rescue football season… with player contracts set to be extended and transfer windows put back to deal with ongoing coronavirus shutdown
- FIFA taskforce last week drew up proposals to tackle the coronavirus shutdown
- It involved extending player contracts and putting back the transfer window
- Sportsmail can reveal that FIFA are set to announce they have approved plans
- A series of FIFA’s ‘guiding principles’ have been passed through unanimously
FIFA have approved plans aimed at rescuing the football season which is set to see player contracts extended and transfer windows put back.
Last week, Sportsmail reported how a task force from world football’s governing body had drawn up proposals that tackle the issue of contracts and transfers in the event of an extended season.
Another document, detailed by Sportsmail on Tuesday, set out a range of measures which have been adopted unanimously and officially confirmed in an afternoon announcement.
FIFA are to announce they have approved plans to rescue the current football season
Willian (left) and Jan Vertonghen (right) – who are both out of contract in the summer – will be able to stay at their respective clubs until the start of the new campaign under FIFA’s proposal
Contracts due to expire at the original end date of the season should be extended to the new end date and deals due to start next season should be put back.
Where a player has moved to a club whose new season may have started before their old club’s has finished, priority should be given to the former club.
In situations where clubs cannot afford to pay players, FIFA urge both parties to work together to find ‘collective agreements on a club or league basis’.
When agreements cannot be reached, FIFA will consider the economic situation of the club and assess the relevant mitigating factors.
With regards to transfer windows, all requests for new dates should be approved as long as they comply with the 16-week limit within existing laws.
All matches have been postponed indefinitely but FIFA are hoping to save the season