World football’s governing body, FIFA, have confirmed an important decision regarding contractual situations such as that of George Maluleka’s move to Mamelodi Sundowns from Kaizer Chiefs.
With football seasons all over the world being suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak that is causing havoc around the globe, there is a high likelihood that several leagues will not be able to get all of their games played before the end of June – when player contracts usually expire.
With that in mind, FIFA had suggested that any contract that was due to expire at the end of June would be extended automatically, something that they have now confirmed will be the case as teams look to the future.
They also explained that any commencement of contracts, like Maluleka’s at Sundowns, would only begin once the previous season has officially come to an end.
A statement from the governing body this evening read, “Expiring player contracts usually end when the season ends, with a termination date that coincides with the end of the season. 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…
“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.”
Meanwhile, regarding situations such as Maluleka’s, FIFA stated, “A similar principle applies to contracts due to begin when the new season starts, meaning the entry into force of such contracts is delayed until the next season actually does start.”