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There seems to be a lot of huge decisions to be made surrounding football as the coronavirus pandemic has made things difficult for clubs, both financially and in legal terms.
With no revenue being generated at this time, clubs are losing money as they still have to pay their players and staff.
Football has been out of action since early March and there’s no clarity as to when the league will eventually resume.
Premier League clubs fear they will find it difficult to keep their playing squad as clubs are reviewing their squads as they mull over ways to ensure they have the funds to meet wages.
Also, there’s also the issue of legal terms as some players contracts will wind up before the end of the season, even though FIFA has given the directive that players should remain with their clubs until the end of the season.
The Chelsea trio of Willian, Olivier Giroud and Pedro would be out of contract this summer, and one club source said, according to the Mirror: “Even if they did agree to stay for a month or two, where is the money to pay them? If you’re playing a team that has lost two or three players you could have a real edge. It isn’t fair. We wouldn’t be ending the season with the squad we named in January.”
Leading sports lawyer Nick De Marco has claimed out-of-contract stars in England can ignore pleas from FIFA and quit their clubs at the end of June, even if the season has not restarted.
“Legally, they cannot be forced to continue to play for the club,” he told Sky Sports News.
“Nobody can force them to do so; FIFA, the FA, the club or anybody else. If they want to walk away, that’s a matter for them but it will really be a matter of whether, financially, that makes sense for them.”