​FIFA have confirmed new guidelines to address the legal consequences of the coronavirus outbreak, including issues surrounding player contracts and the summer transfer window.

For clubs across the world, there have been a lot of concerns surrounding players who were due to become free agents at the end of June, which coincides with the end of the season.

There have already been unnecessary rumours over power plays from clubs and players over what could happen if current contracts aren't honoured, but FIFA have now laid out their new guidelines to address the issue.


"With the current suspension of play in most countries, it is now obvious that the current season will not end when people thought it would," FIFA said in their statement.

"Therefore, it is proposed that contracts be extended until such time that the season does actually end. This should be in line with the original intention of the parties when the contract was signed and should also preserve sporting integrity and stability."

The same rule will also apply for players who already had a deal in place with their new clubs, which ordinarily would have become active on 1 July.

Football's governing body have also confirmed they will be 'flexible' regarding the upcoming summer transfer window, understanding that it will have to be moved due to the coronavirus outbreak and can't have a knock-on effect for any competition which still need to be played.

"FIFA will be flexible and will allow the relevant transfer windows to be moved so they fall between the end of the old season and the start of the new season," their statement continued.

"At the same time, FIFA will try to ensure, where possible, an overall level of coordination and will also bear in mind the need to protect the regularity, integrity and proper functioning of competitions, so that the sporting results of any competition are not unfairly disrupted."

FIFA have also urged clubs, players and national associations to come to agreements regarding jobs within their respective clubs, although the governing body are prepared to look at individual cases themselves.

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