ENGLAND: FIFA, the world ruling body of football, has begun taking actions to safeguard foreign players directly impacted by the Ukrainian crisis by allowing them to pause their contracts until June 2023.
Andriy Pavelko, president of Ukraine’s football federation, disclosed earlier this month details of talks with FIFA and UEFA officials about continuing men’s and women’s games in the country safely in August.
Foreign players outsourced to Ukrainian clubs have mostly fled since Russia invaded the country in February, and it is unclear whether they will return if the league resumes in two months.
As a result, FIFA will now allow players and coaches to postpone their return while their contracts remain in effect. The loosening of the rules is also an attempt to punish Russia even more.
According to a statement by FIFA, if clubs affiliated with the Ukrainian Association of Football or the Football Union of Russia do not reach a mutual agreement with their respective players and coaches before or on June 30, unless alternatively put in writing, the players and coaches will have the right to suspend their contracts with the aforementioned clubs until June 30, 2023.
Russia has reduced its aspirations since the invasion started on February 24 by pulling troops from Kyiv and focusing on driving Ukrainian forces out of the eastern Donbas region. In Ukraine, Russia says it is carrying out a “special military operation.”