Coronavirus chaos could see out-of-contract players sign weekly deals


Professional players whose contracts are set to expire at the end of June may allegedly be permitted to sign week-by-week deals if the season runs throughout the summer.

A number of high-profile Premier League players, including Chelsea’s Willian, David Silva of Manchester City and Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen are approaching the end of their current contracts, and would have been expecting to search for new clubs.

With the Premier League suspended until April 3 due to the coronavirus outbreak, however, there is a chance the season could be finished over the summer, meaning games could be played beyond May and into June, July and August.

Jan Vertonghen is one player who may be out of contract this summer

And according to The Athletic should the season be extended FA and FIFA could grant special dispensation for short-term rolling deals.

However it appears not everybody is in agreement with the potential short-term deals, with one agent saying of his client: “If he’s offered a short-term deal I’ll replay by demanding a four-year contract.”

Premier League chiefs are expected to meet on Thursday to discuss what is to be done to resolve the season.

According to the Evening Standard the league may need to take a vote from clubs on whether to scrap the season altogether.

Premier League rules state that a majority of 14 clubs must agree in order for any new legislation to be passed.

David Silva’s deal with Manchester City also expires in June

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The rule, as set out on the Premier League website, reads: “Clubs have the opportunity to propose new rules or amendments at the Shareholder meeting. Each Member Club is entitled to one vote and all rule changes and major commercial contracts require the support of at least a two-thirds vote, or 14 clubs, to be agreed.”

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There are a number of ideas which have already been proposed, such as postponing Euro 2020 until next year and finishing the current season in the summer, or finishing the league with the positions as they are, meaning Liverpool would be crowned champions.





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