Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

EC Chiefs to Block Blatter Quota Plan

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

EC Chiefs to Block Blatter Quota Plan

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Byline: ANDREW HODGSON

FIFA'S plan to introduce a quota on foreign players has been struck ablow by the European Commission.

Sepp Blatter, head of football's ruling body, was hoping to enforce his 6+5rule that would stop clubs from playing more than five non-nationals.

But an EC spokesman said: "This would violate EU law. The Commission is notconsidering any change to allow FIFA to push forward this idea. FIFA are awareof this." Blatter is set to submit his plan to the FIFA Congress in Sydney on29 and 30 May.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said yesterday that the ideawas "a nonsense that flies in the face of European law" after new FA chairmanLord Triesman said he wanted to take "a long, hard look" at the arrangement.

Meanwhile, Scudamore (above) is expected to be given the green light by the FAtomorrow to explore further his 39th game plan even though he has admitted theidea may need a revamp.

Triesman will tell tomorrow's board meeting that he is happy for Scudamore topresent his blueprint to Blatter in Zurich next week. …

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