FIFA is expected to announce that it has approved plans to save the football season, which will see extended player contracts and transfer windows put back.
Last week, Sportsmail reported how a working group of the world football governing body had developed proposals that addressed the issue of contracts and transfers in the event of an extended season.
Another confidential document, seen by the newspaper, outlines a series of measures that have been “adopted unanimously” and from which FIFA “expects the necessary level of cooperation and respect” from member associations.
FIFA to announce that it has approved plans to save the current football season
Its details will be published officially but Sportsmail may reveal that a series of “guiding principles” have been adopted unanimously.
Contracts that expire on the original end date of the season must be extended to the new end date, while contracts which start the next season must be rescheduled to new start dates.
When a player has moved to a club whose new season may have started before the end of his old club, priority must be given to the old club.
Willian (left) and Jan Vertonghen (right) – who are both without a contract in the summer – will be able to stay in their respective clubs until the start of the new campaign on the proposal of FIFA
In situations where clubs cannot afford to pay players, FIFA encourages the two parties to work together to find “collective agreements at the club or league level”.
When agreements cannot be reached, the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber or the Players’ Status Committee (which sets up and monitors compliance) will examine the economic situation of the club, the amount of money owed, that the club’s decision applies to the entire team or to specific employees. and if the club had acted in good faith in its negotiations.
Alternatively, FIFA will authorize the suspension of contracts during the suspension of football in the event of sufficient insurance cover and the search for alternative income for employees.
All matches have been postponed indefinitely, but FIFA hopes to save the season
Regarding transfer windows, all requests for new dates must be approved as long as they comply with the 16-week limit provided for by applicable laws.
Players whose contracts have been terminated due to the coronavirus epidemic will be allowed to sign up for new clubs whether or not a window is opened.
As noted earlier, FIFA has recognized the coronavirus crisis as a “force majeure” that allows their council to act.