By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer,

According to reports from Marca, FIFA’s leaders met on video call on Thursday afternoon with with representatives of clubs [ECA], and footballers [FIFPro], inorder to come up with measures that world football needs to adapt to the constraints imposed by the global Coronavirus pandemic.

The meeting between the major football stakeholders lasted for three hours.

The proposals made by the world football governing body are said to potentially be effective as early as next week, given that all parties agree on the need to adapt to the circumstances that world football is experiencing as result of the pandemic.

One of the measure decisions arrived at was a call on footballers to take a 50% pay cut during this very challenging times. The English Premier League has already adopted a similar measure.

The FIFA call stipulates that as soon as normality returns, contract will go back to their initial status while considering reality and the surrounding society.

Also, within this period that these new measures will be applied, clubs will be forbidden to terminate the contracts of players or coaches.

There will also be the creation of a major fund worth millions of Euros, in which all players will participate.

The players here refer to FIFA, the Confederations, Federations, players, television networks and sponsors. They however agree on the constraint that the creation of this fund will require a longer period of time.

This fund is aimed at guaranteeing football to maintain its current structure.

The participants in the meeting also agreed that every association will determine how they will end their season based on their peculiar situation, but putting the consideration of human health at the forefront of their decision.

Another key measure was that, during this challenging times imposed by the Coronavirus, clubs are not compelled to release players to their national teams. Also, the players and clubs must also make themselves reachable for anti-doping tests too.

Clubs will also be given the right to suspend the employment of temporary employees, principally, those who work on match days.

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