During the season, OL took advantage of FIFA rules with players playing in Ukraine to attract Tetê on a provisional basis.
Last March, Olympique Lyonnais pulled off a superb coup by bringing in Tetê from Shakhtar Donetsk. At the time, Jean-Michel Aulas took advantage of the FIFA rule, which allowed players playing in Ukraine and Russia to suspend their contract until June 2022 in order to play with another team. This rule ended at the end of the season, which meant in Tetê’s case that he had to return to Shakhtar Donetsk. But the war in Ukraine has not really evolved in the right direction in recent weeks, FIFA revealed on Tuesday that the rule put in place in the second half of last season would be renewed for the 2022-2023 financial year. In other words, OL will be able to afford Tetê again for a season, if the Brazilian accepts.
Lyon can repeat the operation with Tete
“The Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to extend the application of the temporary employment rules established in the Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTJ) in order to provide concrete assistance to players, coaches and clubs suffering the consequences of the war in Ukraine. The provisions approved by the Bureau of the Council establish that, in case the clubs affiliated to the Ukrainian Football Federation (UAF) or the Russian Football Federation (FUR) do not reach a mutual agreement with their players and/or coaches foreigners on June 30, 2022 at the latest – and unless otherwise agreed in writing –, said players and coaches are entitled to suspend their employment contract until June 30, 2023” unveiled FIFA in an official statement. It remains to be seen if in the case of Tetê, the Brazilian will want to return for a season at OL before a potential return to Donetsk in 2023 if the situation has improved. English clubs such as West Ham are also monitoring the player’s situation with the greatest attention.