According to reports, the Premier League is about to terminate its broadcast contract in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
ichard Masters, the tournament’s chief executive officer, revealed last week that current deals are “under review”.
But Sky Sports and the Telegraph claim lawyers have been given permission to begin the process of concluding broadcast deals with Russian partners and an announcement could be made in the next few days.
The Premier League declined to comment on the situation when contacted.
The Russian copyright for the current season is owned by a company called Rambler and is broadcast on the Okko streaming platform. Match TV – owned by energy giant Gazprom – will then commence a six-year contract from 2022-23.
Commercial deals with Russia in all areas are being scrutinized, and Masters told the Financial Times Business of Football Summit in London: “Regarding our broadcasting contracts in Russia, it’s obvious. that they’re under review.”
FIFA announced a temporary change to its regulations on Monday night, allowing foreign players based in Ukraine and Russia to suspend their contracts until the end of June and move elsewhere without penalty.
Unless otherwise expressly agreed, the employment contracts of foreign players and coaches with clubs affiliated to the Ukrainian federation will be automatically suspended until the end of the season.
Foreign players and coaches in Russia will have the right to unilaterally suspend their contracts until the end of June, if Russian clubs fail to reach a general agreement on contract suspension on or before Monday Five.
“Players and coaches will be considered ‘out of contract’ until 30 June 2022 and will therefore have the right to sign a contract with another club without facing any consequences. any,” the announcement from the world football governing body wrote.
Such players will be able to register in another country even if the registration period in that country has ended, provided they are registered on or before 7 April. A club can Sign up to two players under this exemption, FIFA said.
FIFA said that minors who have fled Ukraine to other countries due to armed conflict will be exempt from regulations that prevent the international transfer of players before the age of 18.
FIFPRO World Players Federation and World Tournaments Forum wrote to FIFA last week calling on foreign players in Russia to be allowed to unilaterally terminate their contracts with no consequences.
FIFPRO thinks the FIFA ruling does not go far enough, saying in a statement: “The decision of the FIFA board office allows foreign players to be suspended only from their contracts and therefore only temporarily leave the clubs. Russia’s club is too timid.
“Players will have a hard time finding work for the rest of the season with uncertainty lurking around them and within the next few weeks they’ll be in a very difficult situation again.
“It is not satisfying even for players who are tied to short-term contracts in Russia – where contracts usually end in December – and who may not want or may return after June 30. year 2022.
“For players, coaches and others in Ukraine, we think it is essential that UEFA and FIFA expand professional football’s response to the war by establishing a fund to support support all those in the affected industry.”
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