FIFA confirms major change in transfer window and addresses concerns over Premier League contract


FIFA has confirmed that the Premier League summer transfer window may be moved this year as part of a series of recommendations in response to the coronavirus epidemic.

The governing body also said that players who were to be out of contract this summer will be allowed to play at their current club until the end of the national season.

The shutdown of almost all leagues in the world – the Premier League has been suspended since March 13 – prompted FIFA to form a task force to assess the legal and sporting impact of the disruption.

It is expected that many leagues, which generally end before June, will not be able to resume safely before the end of the summer, while some, including those of England, remain open to the prospect of reduce if not cancel their current campaigns.

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Among a series of directives announced Tuesday by FIFA, the inevitable transfer of the transfer window, which was to take place in England between July 1 and August 31, has gained importance, essentially confirming an indefinite extension of current campaigns.

“FIFA will be flexible and allow the affected transfer windows to be moved so that they are between the end of the old season and the start of the new season,” said a statement.

“At the same time, FIFA will endeavor to ensure, if possible, a global level of coordination and will also bear in mind the need to protect the regularity, integrity and proper functioning of competitions, so that sports results of any competition are not unfairly disturbed. ”

FIFA has also taken steps to resolve the problem of players who lost their contracts during the summer when the current seasons have not yet been concluded.

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Many of these contracts, such as those of Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana and Everton defender Leighton Baines, are set to expire on June 30, when the Premier League season is certainly not over.

Clubs will now have to honor these contracts until the end of the national campaign, although the Premier League will only consider relaunching the action once the government has determined it is safe to do so.

If the seasons or registration periods overlap, priority is given to the player’s home club to finish the season with their home team.

“Expiring player contracts usually end at the end of the season, with an end date that coincides with the end of the season,” said FIFA.

Everton and Liverpool can expect the transfer window to change in the coming weeks
Everton and Liverpool can expect the transfer window to change in the coming weeks

“It is proposed to extend the contracts until the end of the season. This should be in accordance with the original intention of the parties at the signing of the contract and should also preserve sporting integrity and stability.

“A similar principle applies to contracts which must start at the start of the new season, which means that the entry into force of these contracts is delayed until the next season actually begins. “

FIFA has also indicated that it will arbitrate cases where players are dissatisfied with the prospect of having their wages reduced or deferred in the light of the crisis.

“FIFA, in collaboration with stakeholders, has formulated practical ideas and proposals to deal with these new circumstances,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “While this will not solve all the problems, it should serve to bring some stability and clarity to football for the foreseeable future.

“But before these times come, one thing must be clear to everyone, especially now: health comes before football. “


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