Sport Mercato cut in 2: the surprising decision by FIFA
UEFA fixes the end of the transfer window on October 5
© Supplied by Sofoot Act 2. This Thursday, UEFA has formalized the deadline for player registration for European competitions version 2020-2021. After having unveiled the new formats for C1 and C3 , the European body has set this date for October 6. Logically, this deadline also determines that of the summer transfer window. "UEFA therefore asks all its member associations to agree to fix 5 October 2020 as the end date for the summer transfer window" , announces the body.
According to information from The Team, the transfer market will be split in two across France, in order to respect the number of weeks required.The information should make jump a few club presidents, agents or other sporting directors: FIFA will split the French transfer window in two. According to information from L’Équipe, the body has sent a letter to the LFP to authorize it to put this decision into practice. An unwanted scenario. So, what would be the dates of the transfer window? With this new prerogative, the transfer window will open in France for the first period from June 30 to July 9 at 11.59pm . It will then be closed for about a month before resuming its rights from August 10 if the closing date of October 5 is well confirmed. Why this surprising decision? Because France has already started its own transfer window on a national scale. It ends a new 3-week period, marked by a 100% French transfer window which only authorized transactions between clubs in France. These 3 weeks are in addition to the last week scheduled for early July (which will be the first of the international transfer window) and the entire period up to 5 October, the deadline fixed by FIFA for the end of the transfer window. However, the body set a quota of 12 weeks maximum. And she does not wish to grant favor . “Despite our explanations, the practice commonly accepted in other countries and even in France for many years, FIFA accuses us of having opened national transfers on June 8, 2020 and that the finals (of Cups) are scheduled for late July ", Said LFP executive director Didier Quillot in remarks taken up by L'Équipe. Concretely, what does it change? In negotiations, not much. FIFA would authorize negotiations between clubs during this break period. A player would even have the option of joining a new club. However, it is at the administrative level that this decision should create some thorny cases. An example ? Difficult not to remember the endless wait for the approval of the contract of Neymar when the Brazilian superstar had landed with great fanfare at PSG, in the summer of 2017. Well, this case may happen again. A player who enters a club will not be able to wear his new colors before approving his contract, an unauthorized stage during this break period. Note however that the context will be different since only the national cup finals (Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue) will occupy 3 French clubs (PSG, Lyon, Saint-Etienne) in August. The Final 8 of the Champions League cannot concern transferred players.
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