FIFA | Coronavirus News on contracts, too

AFP

FIFA‘s leaders met via video call for three hours on Thursday afternoon with clubs (ECA) and players (FIFPro) to shape the changes that the world of football needs to make to adapt to the global crisis that is being experienced because of the COVID-19 virus.

All parties seem to be aware of the need to adapt to the new scenario that football will experience from now on, with the proposals made by FIFA potentially set to be in effect from next week.

The measure with the greatest impact is the one that refers to the request that footballers take a 50 per cent pay cut as this situation continues to paralyse the football world. The Premier League has already adopted such a measure.

Once normality is restored, contracts would return to their former status, but without forgetting the reality surrounding society and sport.

The clubs will not be able to terminate any contract with players or coaches, and the creation of a major economic fund with hundreds of millions of euros, in which all football players will participate, is another notable measure that will be implemented.

The aforementioned fund will be the guarantee for football to maintain its current structure.

Everyone will be involved here, starting with FIFA and then the confederations, federations, players, television networks and sponsors, although the creation of this fund will take a little longer.

The end of the season is yet to be determined and each association will attend to their own situation, but always in a coordinated manner and without endangering health.

Attempts will be made to finish and give priority to local competitions, i.e. leagues.

The contracts of all professionals will be extended until the end of the season, with the clubs paying for this extension.

The new contracts will start on the date upon which the new season begins and, as there will be players with overlapping contracts after signing a pre-contract agreement with a new team, the priority is always for the team that must finish the season, that is, although a player has committed to another from June 30, he will finish the season with the team that he started the campaign with.

The transfer market could have a duration of 16 weeks (four months) from the start of that period, which will coincide with the end of the current season, although the clubs have asked for it to be extended until the end of the year.

During this situation caused by the COVID-19 virus, clubs are not obliged to release players to their national teams. The players and clubs must be located for eventual anti-doping tests, too.

The following could be grounds for sanction: unilateral dismissals; clubs not paying players; players leaving the countries of the teams with which they have links for no apparent reason; players not reporting for the work they do; teams not looking after the players’ state of health; discrimination on the basis of a player’s country of origin; a club refusing to take back a player who has been loaned out; and refusing to pay clauses in contracts.

Clubs have the right to suspend the employment of temporary employees, a rule that refers to those who work on matchdays.


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