FIFA allows special transfer window for foreign players in Russia

The players union (FIFPRO) demand FIFA to allow them permanently terminate their contracts.

A special window has been opened up for foreign players stranded in Russia because of the invasion of Ukraine, said FIFA on Monday.

In a statement, FIFA released that if the Football Union of Russia (FUR) do not reach a mutual agreement with their respective foreign players and coaches before March 10, 2022, the foreign players and coaches can unilaterally suspend their employment contracts with the FUR-affiliated clubs in question.

According to Reuters, the soccer’s governing body, “the suspension of a contract… will mean that players and coaches will be considered ‘out of contract’ until 30 June 2022 and will therefore be at liberty to sign a contract with another club without facing consequences of any kind.”

However, the players union (FIFPRO) said that the move to temporarily leave Russian clubs and not terminating the contracts would not be not be of much help.

It added that the players will be in an uncertain situation finding employment for the rest of the season.

In a Reuters article, FIFPRO said “it is unsatisfactory even for players who are tied to short-term contracts in Russia – where contracts typically end in December – and who may not want or be able to return after 30 June 2022.”

The players union also asked FIFA and its European counterpart to set up a fund to help players and coaches in Ukraine, who are trapped in the conflict.

Source: Reuters, Edited by Ajay Tomar