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FIFA votes for foreign quota despite EU red card - Radio Netherlands Worldwide - English
World football's governing body FIFA is on a collision course with the European Union over its plans to introduce a maximum quota for foreign players. FIFA's president Sepp Blatter says he is convinced that the EU will endorse his proposal to have no more than five foreigners per football team. The "6+5" plan, which was overwhelmingly endorsed by the FIFA Congress on Friday, also includes a rule to have at least six home-grown players per team.

But the European Commission insists that this contravenes EU labour laws and cannot be introduced in European clubs:

"No hope"
"They have no hope at all of getting this through," says John McDonald, spokesman for sports at the Commission. "The FIFA rule is based on discrimination on the grounds of nationality, which is incompatible with Community law."
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 06:32:07 AM EST
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