George Maluleka will have to remain a Kaizer Chiefs player beyond the expiry of his contract on June 30 according to new regulations proposed by Fifa in light of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, which has brought football to a halt.
Amakhosi confirmed earlier this month that the midfielder had turned down an offer to remain at Naturena, instead opting to move on and signing a pre-contract with rivals Mamelodi Sundowns as of July 1.
There have been concerns from the industry in recent weeks regarding the 2019/20 season. What if the Premier Soccer League, currently suspended because of COVID-19, cannot finish before their targeted June 30 timeline? Would it leave the likes of Maluleka in limbo?
Well, Fifa has proposed an answer to what is a worldwide issue as several footballers and staff members are approaching the end of their contracts with their respective employers.
The Siya crew is in possession of a document detailing the governing body’s proposed plan regarding the expiring contracts, which they say is consistent with Article 18.2 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players for employment agreements:
- Where an agreement is due to expire at the original end date of a season, such expiry be extended until the new end date of the season.
- Where an agreement is due to commence at the original start date of a new season, such commencement be delayed until the new start date of a new season.
- 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.
If the proposed regulations are passed, then Sundowns will also been given clarity by Fifa, who are suggesting “amendment to agreement dates, any payment that contractually falls due prior to the new commencement date of an agreement shall be delayed until the new start date of a new season or its first registration period”.
This will help end all speculation about how the PSL – and leagues around the world – should handle these situations. Fifa will obviously have the last word and clubs will have to follow suit as these are unchartered waters for all of them.
The Siya crew will continue to break down the 11-page document and what it means for PSL clubs during this global pandemic.
Story by @superjourno