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Time For Some Premier League Clubs To Panic?

Time For Some Premier League Clubs To Panic?

Time for some Premier League clubs to start panicking? Probably not, just the price of British players will rise even more dramatically after FIFA voted in favour of limiting the amount of foreign players each team could play in a 'six-plus-five rule.'

Superb if this could get pushed through and FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he wants it in place by the 2012/13 season but.... European law surely prohibits and limit on the freedom of movement of any nationals within the common market?

Blatter says 'It's to make sure that there is better balance in the competitions and not only three or four teams in a league of 18 or 20 are fighting to be the champion and all the others are just there to not be relegated.' A dig at the Premiership or what??!?!

Adding, 'As Kevin Keegan recently said: 'I can only start my season to fight to be fifth or sixth or seventh. It is impossible for me to go into the final four'. At the end of the Champions League in Europe you have in the quarter-finals four teams of the same association; in the semi-finals three of these teams. Then in the final you are surprised that you have two teams of the same association? We want to bring some remedies and this is the six-plus-five rule's objective.'

The proposal one by 155 votes to five but will never get through according to European law! The commissioner for equal opportunities Vladimir Spidla explained:

'We are giving the red card to the 6-plus-5 rule.'

Sepp, when asked said: 'Speaking about is it illegal? For whom? For when? If there is a law, a law can be amended. I have arranged a meeting with the speaker of the European parliament on June 5 in Brussels and if he says then that we should carry on this will prove we're on the right track.'

Good luck with that, the fat cats in Brussels are far too interested in preserving their own self interests and fleecing tax payers for all they can on expenses!

According to the commission, they would however allow the home grown rule which has often been talked about, which means any team members who have been trained by their club or by another club in the National Association for at least three years between the ages of 15 and 21 regardless of nationality.

Spidla continued, 'Compared with the intentions announced by FIFA to impose the so-called '6-plus-5 rule', which is directly discriminatory and therefore incompatible with the EU law, the 'home-grown players' rule proposed by UEFA seems to me to be proportionate and to comply with the principle of free movement of workers.'

All hot air probably, would have been more use to vote to bring in goal line technology and red cards for any players chasing after the referee. Discipline and play acting in the game is far more important to stamp out imho!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday May 30 2008
Time: 9:59AM


So Barry is now worth £20million?
30/05/2008 10:03:00
The european commission have deemed this to be Illegal so I cannot see how it will work?
30/05/2008 10:04:00
For once Sepp Blatter is talking sense, but it will doubt be scuppered by stupid EU rules. Football NEEDS this rule so badly for the future development and well being of the game., but the so called big clubs will hide behind EU law because it would make leagues more competetive and take away their 'monopolies'. Perhaps we could get the 'Monopolies Commission' on board to fight in Blatter's corner?
30/05/2008 10:11:00
I hope it goes through, but I will be surprised if it does The only possible way to get the law through would be to scrap appearance based bonuses - then a player in the squad is not having his earning power affected by the proposed law change.
30/05/2008 10:12:00
The european commission have deemed this to be Illegal so I cannot see how it will work? What if the rule is applied to the CLUB and not any Individual of any nationality? It would not be discriminating against "Europeans" and more than it would be "South Americans" It would be a World Wide ruling affecting every Club in every country. As for Barry worth 20 million, his contract is up in 2 years and this would be in place by 2012 so no. Any player any asset is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
30/05/2008 10:16:00
I love the way he says the law can be amended! Classic
30/05/2008 10:21:00
The law is an ass!!! lol
Adam Deuce
30/05/2008 10:52:00
Blatter is a Tw-atter...he was moaning on about there being 3 same assocaiation clubs in the CL Semis....didn't hear himm moaning when 3 Spanish clubs were in the last 4 a few years back or when Italian clubs ruled it....didn't hear him complaining then did we....the guy is a Xenophobe who hates England.I can see that some would say it's good for English players coming through the ranks at EPL clubs not being replaced by cheaper better foreign players but that is only down to poor coaching and poor English 'hoof it up the park' mentality.
30/05/2008 11:12:00
So, what's the deal, it's an english FA, but we live i britain? British or english? And I can't see anything to stop a rule with 6 EU players and 5 non EU?
30/05/2008 11:29:00
I don't know that the 5+6 rule will be implemented any time soon, but they did say they can enforce the minimum of 5 homegrown players per team. I think this is more likely to be what happens and can only be a good thing for football. The catch with this idea is that the big 4 clubs would then dominate at grass roots in poaching the best youngsters.
30/05/2008 12:05:00
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