- FIFA have recommended temporary extensions to expiring contracts.
- Nick De Marco says it contradicts to English employment law.
- The lawyer says no club can force out-of-contract players to stay beyond a contract expiry date.
“Legally, they cannot be forced to continue to play for the club,” he told Sky Sports News.
“Nobody can force them to do so; FIFA, the FA, the club or anybody else.
“If they want to walk away, that’s a matter for them but it will really be a matter of whether, financially, that makes sense for them.”
FIFA has released guidelines detailing the consequences of the current situation with Covid-19 in football, which lists recommendation to temporarily extend expiring contracts among other things.
Most of them are running until June 30. As the season is almost certainly be finished beyond that date clubs will need to find a solution to impending legal issues.
According to the Standard, Arsenal are sure that they will reach an agreement with Real Madrid on extending the Spaniard's stay beyond June 30 at the Emirates.