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UEFA calls for leagues to close transfer window on October 5

UEFA has announced a number of changes as clubs deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

UEFA wants leagues to close their summer transfer window no later than October 5.

In Scotland the transfer window currently closes around September 1.

European football’s governing body has called on all leagues to switch to a harmonised end date at the start of October as football clubs deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The deadline for players to be registered for European competition has been set one day later on October 6.

UEFA’s executive committee also put forward a range of emergency procedures to help clubs deal with the financial ramifications of football’s postponement and a lack of turnstile revenue.

Meanwhile, Neil Doncaster, the SPFL’s chief executive, has been appointed to UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body.

Following a groundbreaking study involving the Hampden Sports Clinic and the Greater Glasgow & Clyde health board, the game’s governing body also confirmed new heading guidelines for young footballers.

Wide-ranging recommendations, including reducing football pressure and size and including neck-strengthening exercises, have been published.