Today, the IFF announced the controversial grip rule will be re-evaluated. John Liljelund, IFF’s Secretary General, gives a bit more information.
Did you expect to see this many responses to the initial proposal?
We were expecting feedback for the proposal, but not as much and from different directions. That’s why we now take a time-out.
“It is impossible to say how the discussions will end”
It’s written the IFF will discuss the matter thoroughly with its stakeholders. Who are these stakeholders, will it be the manufacturers, or also national federations, players and such?
It will be discussed with the national associations, which represents the players and the manufacturers, i.e. the stakeholders…
Before the next IFF meeting, in September, a new proposal will be made. Does this mean the final decision will be made within three months, or is there a chance it will be delayed until for instance next year?
It is impossible to say how the discussions will end and what will come up, but the aim is to have a proposal for the IFF CB in September. As the rule will only take place in July 2020, with a one year transfer period after that, there is enough time to solve this.