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FIFA Propose Extending Expiring Contracts and Delaying Transfers to Finish Domestic Campaigns

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Players looking to move when their contracts expire on 30 June will be made to stay at their current clubs until the season is completed, in proposals outlined in a new FIFA document.

The measures are part of the governing bodies plans to deal with the effects of the coronavirus on the football season.

However, a new document  The Ti?mes crisis constitutes a "force majeure" - an unforeseen situation that can allow contracts to not be fulfilled.

Player contracts usually run from 1 July until 30 June, but FIFA argue that these dates are only chosen because they coincide with the football season.

Thus, FIFA's decision seems likely to face a legal challenge.

"Article 27 of the Regulations on the status and transfer of players (RSTP) states that cases of force majeure shall be decided by the Fifa council, whose decisions are final."

This also permits FIFA to introduce emergency powers such as restrictions on transfers until the season is complete.
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