Premier League likely to fix cap for ‘home grown’ players

February 11th, 2009 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 11 (IANS) The English Premier League is trying to follow the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) ways to give more opportunities to ‘home grown’ players.
The AFC recently has ruled that all clubs in the region could field four foreigners but one has to be of Asian origin. The decision was taken to give more opportunities to Asian player.

On similar lines, the Premier League is considering new rules that will require English clubs to include a quota of ‘home grown’ players in their squads, as part of an attempt to stave off more stringent regulation by Uefa of its members’ finances.

The Guardian revealed that “constructive discussions” were likely to lead to regulations that would mandate clubs to have a certain proportion of players that had been developed in-house before their 21st birthday.

“We have not agreed a figure, just the principle that some minimum limit makes sense,” Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry was quoted as saying by the daily.

Parry spoke after the general assembly of the European Clubs Association (ECA), at which the possible introduction of new financial controls dominated debate. The ECA represents 137 clubs from across the continent and replaced the more elitist G14 last year.

Uefa’s president Michel Platini is likely to table a proposal before his organisation’s strategy council proposals to impose financial controls on clubs taking part in European competition. If the rule is passed then clubs will be prevented from living beyond their means by keeping their outlay on wages to a fixed proportion of their revenue.

The Premier League is opposed to such regulations which will force them to have eight players in the squad who have been registered with them under the same national association for at least three years before their 21st birthday.

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