FIFA have announced that foreign players and coaches based in Russia or Ukraine will have the chance to see their contracts suspended, and will be allowed to find new employers following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
This announcement comes after FIFA and UEFA decided to expel all Russian representatives from all types of international club or national football competitions.
The Football governing body, FIFA, in a statement said they’re looking to “facilitate the departure” of all those who’ve not already found an agreement with their clubs, and will have “the right to unilaterally suspend their employment contract” until June 30th.
They will also be able to sign for another club in another league until April 7th at the latest, even if the move falls outside a country’s transfer window.
Foreign players and coaches in Ukraine will benefit from the same provision, to allow them “to work and receive a salary” while “protecting Ukrainian clubs” forced to suspend activities by Russia’s invasion.
Ukraine’s league has been suspended since war engulfed the country, and its players are also allowed to temporarily leave until June 30.
FIFA would like to reiterate its condemnation of the ongoing use of force by Russia in Ukraine and calls for a rapid cessation of hostilities and for a return to peace’” the body said.