Premier League clubs and EFL are negotiating “covid clauses” in player contracts in case the coronavirus pandemic continues or gets worse.
It was hoped last summer, amid the drop in cases and deaths, that 2021 could offer a return to normal, but the virus’s winter peak is proving to be even worse than the initial peak last spring.
Professional football, which was on hiatus for three months between March and June last year, is feeling the effects where it wasn’t. No less than five Premier League games have been postponed in recent weeks due to epidemics within clubs.
This puts even more pressure on an already very crowded match list and there have been more and more calls to put a second consecutive season on a hiatus.
Clubs are taking steps to protect themselves in the event of new problems, with Sky Sports reporting that “covid clauses” are starting to appear in player negotiations and contracts.
This means the power to cancel loan deals and potentially recoup costs invested if the season is interrupted by new coronavirus measures and restrictions.
What this does bring, however, are more complicated negotiations between the clubs, as both sides try to find a nice solution where neither is given a raw deal.
As for existing players, clubs would also add fine print to new contracts regarding pay cuts if games are still going behind closed doors next season.
Only a handful of clubs have briefly been able to see even a small number of fans attending games in the past 10 months and the loss of income for the day has been a big blow across the board, especially further down the ladder. of EFL where commercial and broadcast income is small.
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