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FIFA endorses Blatter quota plans- 30 May 2008 07:05:00

Despite widespread negativity regarding the plans, FIFA has voted to support president Sepp Blatter’s ‘six-plus-five’ proposal limiting the number of foreign players in domestic football teams.

Although UEFA and the European Union are against the plan, Blatter has won enough support within the world football governing body to look to implement the ruling by the 2012/2013 season after the FIFA Congress voted in favour.

Despite FIFA’s endorsement, Blatter’s plans still look far from likely to succeed given that the player quota would contravene EU employment law which states that workers within Europe should be allowed to move freely between different countries.

Speaking after the vote, Blatter declared: ‘The congress was very happy in a result of overwhelming majority, with 155 votes in favour and five against. 155 yes and five no. It is an overwhelming support to this resolution.

‘The FIFA president has asked, together with the UEFA president Michel Platini, to explore - and explore is not to discuss, it's to go in depth - within the limits of the law.’

Blatter has a meeting with the EU on 5th June and he added: ‘Speaking about it is illegal? For whom? For when? If there is a law, a law can be amended.’

Blatter wants to restrict the number of foreign players in teams by the start in the 2010/11 season, with a minimum of four home-grown players. He added he expects it to grow to six, with a maximum of five foreigners, by 2012/13 - and claims the plan has the backing of key European delegates.

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