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Players set to be given temporary contracts

The decision to suspend football in England because of the coronavirus outbreak threatens contract chaos if the decision is taken to extend the season into the summer to complete the league fixtures.

That is because hundreds of footballers will be out of contract on 30th June, which means, theoretically, they will not be available if the season would continue past that date.

It now looks as if clubs will be allowed, by the Premier League and Football League to give them temporary deals to tide them over the short-term crisis, but longer term there is a real concern for those affected about their futures and livelihoods.   

On Tuesday, UEFA is widely expected to announce that this summer’s European Championships have been postponed to a later date which, theoretically, would allow space in the calendar for the domestic seasons to be finished.

However, at the same time the projected restart date of the Premier League of April 4th is looking to be increasingly untenable.

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