Interview: "What about the player being asked to delay an agreed dream move overseas due to commence on 1st July 2020?"

22 April 2020

FIFA
Photo: PA Images Coventry players celebrating a goal.

Although sports lawyers understand the difficulty of FIFA's task to develop contract guidelines, they believe FIFA could have remained silent on the matter instead of creating confusion amongst players and managers.

It is hard to create egalitarian guidelines when each and every country, league, club, player and coach does not necessarily share the same interests. Therefore, it is inevitable that legal cases will appear.

One of the biggest concerns is the unknown legal territory where the "new" club of a player/coach, and the player/coach himself, could face sporting sanctions, including bans and being ordered to pay a "would-be transfer fee" to the previous club.

Kasper Kronenberg kk@offthepitch.com

Sports lawyers from Brabners LLP and Littleton Chambers are doubtful whether the guidance on player contracts sent out by FIFA is useful for clubs and players.

They argue many legal conflicts may be lurking because the guidelines are not thorough enough.

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