Brexit in Premier League: FA planning to reduce number of foreign players

first_imgThe English Football Association (FA) is now planning to cut down the number of overseas players in the Premier League in order to deal with Brexit and boost the number of homegrown players.Brexit or British exit from the European Union is set to happen on March 29, 2019, in accordance with the referendum of June 23, 2016 when 52 per cent of the voters voted in support of the withdrawal.The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday that in order to bring themselves in accordance with the impending withdrawal, the English FA are contemplating to reduce the number of foreign players in Premier League squads from 17 to 12.The proposal is likely to be put in front of the clubs this week and it would mean major changes in many sides. 13 clubs in the English top division have more than 12 overseas players in their first team squads this season.Also read – Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge charged by FA for alleged breach of betting rulesThe FA did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.The FA would in return agree to give a governing body endorsement, usually issued for a non-EU/European Economic Area elite player to help the development of football in England, for a work permit for every foreign player who gets a contract with a Premier League club, the report said.Also read – Manchester City thrash Manchester United in Premier League derbyIf the clubs fail to reach agreement with the FA on Brexit, they could face a “no-deal” scenario where all EU players would have to fulfill the same criteria that non-EU players do now to get a work permit, the report added.advertisementBritish Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that there were still considerable unresolved issues with the European Union over Brexit as the two sides approached the “endgame” in negotiations for departure from the bloc.(With inputs from Reuters)Also watch –last_img

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