Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clubs Mulling over Squads Quota System; Talks on Minimum Limit for Homegrown Players

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clubs Mulling over Squads Quota System; Talks on Minimum Limit for Homegrown Players

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PREMIER League clubs are considering a quota for a minimum number of 'homegrown' players in their squads in a bid to stave off attempts to impose spending controls.

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has revealed the 20 clubs discussed the move at a meeting last week and there was consensus over the general principle.

The move comes as the European Clubs' Association, of which Parry is a board member, yesterday shelved a proposal for clubs in UEFA competitions to be limited to spending a maximum of 50% of their turnover on wages.

Clubs in the Champions League and UEFA Cup are already obliged to have eight homegrown players - of any nationality, but who have spent three years under the age of 21 at the club - in their 25-man squads.

Parry, speaking in Geneva, said: "It was discussed at the Premier League last week after being put up by the Premier League board.

"We have not accepted a figure, just the principle that some minimum limit of homegrown players makes sense.

"For those of us in the Champions League, we could introduce it now and it wouldn't be an issue. Indeed the Premier League did produce an analysis which showed that actually a lot of the clubs would not have too much difficult complying.

"It will certainly be given more consideration, it's a way off being decided but it was certainly a constructive discussion."

The Football League have already agreed that from next season at least four out of the 16 players in matchday squads have to come through the ranks of clubs in England and Wales.

Other proposals being considered by the Premier League include giving financial incentives to clubs to use academy products, but the 'homegrown' rule looks the most likely. It will also allow clubs to argue they will bring more players through the ranks rather than spending big on established stars. …

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