League attacks FA quota plan

Premier League

Premier League

In response, the Premier League released a lengthy statement, stating their opposition to the FA's plan.

The FA previously stated its intention to lower the amount of non-homegrown players to 12, per the Times of London, and now appears to be pushing through its mandate regardless of cooperation from Premier League clubs.

The system is run by the FA with Home Office approval and research shows 65 per cent of the Premier League's current European players would not have made it through GBE.

The Premier League has reiterated its opposition to the introduction of new homegrown player quotas in the event of Brexit, insisting there is "no evidence" it would have a positive impact on the England team's results.

The Premier League is opposing a post-Brexit proposal by the English Football Association limiting the number of non-homegrown players clubs can include in their senior squads.

The clubs dispute the theory that the quality of the Premier League would rise and are concerned that the FA's plan would have a detrimental effect not just on its competitiveness against European rivals but, more significantly, on its ability to drive broadcast and commercial revenues.

The FA's proposal of restricting foreign players to 13 per PL club is to increase the number of homegrown players in each team, to offer more homegrown talents opportunities.

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That averages at around 13 non-homegrown players per squad and the FA intends to keep that level, while creating a fully-open market to allow the best access to talent across the world to join. "The three league bodies also recognise that the development pathway for young British players needs to be further enhanced and are committed to finding ways of achieving this across all professional clubs".

In a statement on Tuesday it added: "There is no evidence that stronger quotas than exist now would have a positive impact on national teams".

"The Premier League has held a range of conversations with Government and stakeholders regarding the impact on British football of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union", the statement read.

In accordance to discussions with the other British Leagues, the Premier League stated that: "Brexit should not be used to weaken playing squads in British football, nor to harm clubs" ability to sign worldwide players.

Despite apparently being at odds with the reported desires of the FA, the Premier League's statement also notes "a positive working relationship with The FA".

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