Beckenbauer backs Blatter on forigners’ issue

May 29th, 2008 - 8:55 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, May 29 (DPA) German football legend Franz Beckenbauer Thursday threw his weight behind FIFA boss Joseph Blatter’s proposal to limit the number of foreign players in club teams. Speaking ahead of the opening of the 58th FIFA Congress, the leader of Germany’s successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup said there was widespread support among the clubs having at least six homegrown players in their starting side and no more than five foreigners.

“We favour the 6+5 because you don’t want the team all foreigners,” Beckenbauer told Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA). “If you are a youngster, you feel blocked. It’s not good for the game.”

Blatter said earlier this week that FIFA’s executive committee agreed he should seek a mandate at the two-day congress for what may prove a controversial ruling.

Blatter reportedly also has the backing of Europe’s football head, Michel Platini, who last week spoke in favour of quotas in general as a way of stopping the growing inequality in club-level football.

The difficulty FIFA faces is having the proposal approved by the European Union, which in 1995 issued the landmark Bosman ruling that forced football to end all foreign-player restrictions.

Blatter is scheduled to meet with European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering on June 5 in Brussels to discuss the issue.

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