FIFA: Player contracts should be extended

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Should the Absa Premiership and other Leagues around the world such as the La Liga and Premier League continue beyond June 30, FIFA’s solution would be to extend the current players and coaches contracts until the end of the postponed football seasons due to the coronavirus outbreak.

With most of the PSL and GladAfrica Championship player contracts running from July 1 to June 30 and the coronavirus spreading wildfire, it is highly unlikely that the PSL season will conclude on June 30.

The PSL did mention that as much they are committed to finishing the season on June 30, they will remain flexible.

However, the season running beyond June 30 introduces a dilemma for clubs and the players as to how to handle player contracts. FIFA has thus urged clubs and players to work together to find solutions to salary payments as a result of the coronavirus bringing football to a halt.

Lesedi Kapinga is out of contract at the end of June but will have to remain at Black Leopards if the PSL season continues into July and beyond.

As FARPost revealed Leopards midfielder Kapinga is one of several Absa Premiership players whose contracts are due to expire at the end of June.

According to an internal FIFA document presented to its coronavirus working group the current contracts of players should be extended and only expire at the end of the delayed season.

Assuming that the PSL season continues into the month of August or beyond, it will mean that Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Maluleka, who has signed a pre-contract with Sundowns and many the other stars whose contracts expire in June, would remain at their respective clubs until the season is concluded.

“In case of overlapping seasons and/or registration periods, and unless all parties agree otherwise, priority be given to the former club to complete their season with their original squad, in order to safeguard the integrity of a domestic league championship,” said FIFA in a document Reuters claim to have seen.

Reuters stated that the confidential document is due to be discussed by members of FIFA’s working group on Thursday while making it clear that no decision on the issues has yet been taken by FIFA.

In a statement, FIFA said they will “assess the need for amendments or temporary dispensations to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players” as they look to protect player contracts and clubs while adjusting player registration periods.

By FARPost Reporter 

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