What Fifa announcement will mean for Stoke City



Fifa is expected to indefinitely extend the current football season and let individual countries decide when it should finish.

And the game’s governing body is also believed to be poised to alter the dates of the summer transfer window and allow players to extend contracts beyond the traditional June 30 cut off.

The move comes in response to the unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty sparked by the coronavirus crisis and means Stoke City and their footballing cousins have no time limit on when to conclude the current campaign.

Fifa’s move, which is expected to be formally announced shortly, reduces the chances of the 2019/20 season being declared null and void because there are no longer any time constraints.

It will come as a relief to clubs depending on TV income as the major slice of their annual revenue as games in the Premier League and Championship are now more likely to be played and broadcast.

Clubs had feared that TV companies would withhold monies if the matches had been scrapped.

Closer to home, the extensions on the transfer window (currently June 10-September 1) and individual contracts gives Stoke more wiggle room on those players falling out of contract on June 30.

Adam Federici, Mame Diouf and Stephen Ward are all approaching the end of their long-term deals at the club, while on-loan James Chester is currently due to become a free agent too at the end of June because his Aston Villa contract runs dry.

It remains to be seen if Villa and/or Stoke now try to tempt him with a deal beyond June 30.





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