Ukraine, football

Turkish football clubs to hire Ukrainian players

The TFF allows now Turkish clubs to sign Ukrainian players, or foreigners playing in Russia, to help them scape from the war.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has authorized Turkish football clubs to sign Ukrainian players as well as foreigners playing for Russian clubs for a limited period, in line with recently announced provisions by UEFA to facilitate exit of players from the war zone after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

To facilitate the transfer of these players, the TFF has introduced a series of changes in the regulations whereby those Turkish clubs that can contract foreign players will be able to sign contracts until April 7 for the 2021-2022 season for the transfer to Turkey of players who are registered with Ukrainian clubs, as well as of any foreign player who plays for Russian clubs. “We have completed the work in collaboration with FIFA and UEFA, and opened a window of opportunity to make short-term contracts for these players,” TFF president Nihat Özdemir told media.

On March 7, FIFA announced that all contracts of foreign players and coaches linked to the Ukrainian Football Association are considered automatically suspended until the end of the season in that country, scheduled for June 30, without need of any action by affected parties.

In addition, to facilitate the departure of foreign players and coaches from Russia, they will have the right to unilaterally revoke their contracts, being suspended until June 30. In this way, foreign players and coaches who are in Russia are free to sign a new contract with another club in another country, without suffering consequences for it.

The decision by the Turkish Football Federation to authorise clubs to sign Ukrainian players comes after another series of measures taken by Turkey, which is already hosting some 60,000 Ukrainian refugees who have fled the war. The Turkish government recently announced that it is studying the possibility of offering refuge to artists, scientists and athletes fleeing the war in Ukraine.