West Ham United fans will be watching with interest after it emerged FIFA is set to make make an important announcement imminently.

All football has been shut down for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 global health crisis.

It brought a sudden halt to West Ham’s battle against relegation and a plethora of other issues yet to be decided with a quarter of the season remaining.

There has been much debate, speculation and growing uncertainty over what will happen to the rest of the season.

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Relegation threatened Hammers await FIFA announcement

So West Ham fans will be watching with interest after a report emerged claiming governing body FIFA will make an important announcement in the next 24-48 hours.

Sky Sports claims FIFA’s coronavirus working group will announce its recommendations for club football by Thursday.

According to the report, the group – which includes the FIFA administration and top executives from all confederations – wants to be as flexible as possible to make sure all leagues have the best possible chance of completing this season’s fixtures when it is totally safe to do so.

They are also considering proposals to move the dates of transfer windows and to extend the contracts of players who are out of contract at the of June.

What that means for West Ham will be interesting to see.

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Important announcement in 24-48 hours

The Independent reported last week that there was a growing momentum from Premier League figures to void the season.
Under that scenario West Ham would be safe. Another suggestion mooted is that the English game could follow the example set by the Belgian Juliper League which ended its season early despite usually deciding it’s champions, European spots and promotion and relegation battles with a series of play-offs.
Ended the season early would also see West Ham safe.

The consensus seems to be that finishing the current season as and when it is safe to do so is paramount.

So Hammers fans may find out whether they will be biting their nails to the very end when the working group makes its announcement.

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Will Moyes have to fight until the end?

According to Sky Sports the group will also consult legal experts.

Any recommendations they make will ‘have at their heart the health and safety of all players, supporters and everyone who works in football’.

Recommendations on moving or extending the transfer window will also be discussed as will the extension of player contracts beyond June.

West Ham are 16th with nine games remaining, outside the bottom three on goal difference.

David Moyes’s side have a key advantage, though, with six of their last nine matches at home and several against teams in and around them in the bottom half of the table.

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