FIFA Recommends Extending Expiring Contracts Through The End Of The Season
The uncertainty brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic has extended deep into the world of football. At the moment league campaigns have halted with no clarity as to when or if they will resume. In hopes of seeing the season return and finished normally, leagues are considering playing through August which has also brought player contracts into question.
Traditionally, expiring contracts in Europe end on 30 June in conjunction with the conclusion of the season. However, if campaigns continue beyond that date, which will likely be necessary to finish seasons, then players who are in the final year of their deals will need to be addressed.
While various options and ideas have been mentioned, FIFA have finally stepped in. The world football governing body has released a statement with their recommended guidelines that all expiring contracts be extended through the end of the current season, whenever that may be.
FIFA’s main reasoning is that the original expiration date of contracts was put in place to line up with the end of the season. That being the case, extending contracts through the conclusion of the current season would honor that goal. In addition FIFA have also recommended that the transfer window be pushed back to take place after the current season ends out of fairness. In addition, players on loan or scheduled to join new clubs after 30 June would have to wait until the season was completed.
If put in place, this guideline would affect a number of Athletic players. Mikel San José and Beñat are both in the final year of their contracts as is Aritz Aduriz who already announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season. The trio would theoretically continue with Athletic until the season is completed while players away on loan would also remain with their current teams.