Premier League and English Football League (EFL) clubs are trying to include new legal guarantees that protects them if the coronavirus crisis worsens, according to Sky Sports News.
Dubbed 'COVID clauses', the guarantees have been mainly featured in that of loan signings so that deals can be cancelled and fees recouped if the season is disrupted or postponed, like what was seen in March last year when football was halted until the end of June.
The report also claims that the clauses are leading to more complex negotiations between clubs and therefore, leading to difficult situations for players to be in. By clubs future-proofing themselves, players could be faced with pay cuts if the season continues to be played behind closed doors.
Meanwhile, the Premier League have maintained their position that they have not considered postponing the league after the increase in concern for player welfare with rising case numbers across the country that is currently in lockdown.
Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur's match, that was due to be played on Wednesday evening, has succumbed to postponement, making it the fifth match this season to fall victim to an outbreak of cases within a teams squad.
In the latest round of testing, the Premier League recorded positive coronavirus cases, which follows a record 40 cases the week before. The EFL reported 112 positive cases across the three leagues from its new strategic testing programme that started last week.
Author: Jake Wilkin