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  1. NYmarcus

    I don’t think we gooners–or anyone else–needs to worry about FIFA’s 6+5 measure.

    As this columnist points out, it’s all based on a lot of hot air:

    http:// community. foxsports.com/blogs/BobbyMcMahon/2009/02/26/The_Weekend_Preview_well_not_really

    I’ve deliberately broken up that link.

    The report that came out today that supposedly claims the 6+5 rule does not violate EU anti-discrimination rules is a FIFA report, not a EU report. So it’s just FIFA claiming this 6+5 rule as a “football rule” and that it doesn’t violate any EU laws. There is no sign that the EU will see it the way FIFA does.

    The UEFA 18 year old rule, however, may have legs, tho I think there will be a fight from the big clubs.

  2. Don’t believe the hype

    Do you think this rule is also a way to undermine the success of English clubs in Europe? Platini is not happy about that, and if top 4 clubs are forced to find 6 decent English players each, there will be losers! Although we have a lot of young English players coming through, they will not be ready for the top level for a while and we don’t have the money to throw around buying what would become even more over-priced players because of their passports. Also, what happens if a lot of your English players are injured at the same time – do you forfeit games because you can’t field a team that meets the requirements? This is the thin end of the wedge and because of the financial crisis and the protectionism that usually goes hand in hand with difficult times, it could well come to pass. It’s sickening, reactionary and should not be justifiable in the 21st Century.

  3. ggs

    The funny thing is in the match between Inter and WC Milan, there was ZERO italian players in the Inter side.


    STupid idea stupid rule… However I feel like the future of England is Walcott/ Wilshere so cant be too bad for us immediately

  5. Marc

    Of course this is an attack on English teams success in the CL. There aren’t 6 world class English players currently in existence let alone the 40 – 50 that would be required for the CL teams to compete at the present level. English teams do worse, our coefficient drops and we lose CL places – perfect. Thank you Mr Platini for fucking up the sport I love.

  6. aqqe

    This rule, if eventually put into practise, will ruin football. Why is there even a need for it in the first place? Like Wenger always says; football, and sport in general, rewards those who deserve it, regardless if the player in question were born in the country that his club represents or not. Platini hates Arsenal and our manager, so

    On a sporting level this is a disaster because the quality of the top leagues would diminish since, let’s take Arsenal as an example, would have to buy English players just because they are English. And we’re talking about alot of English players, because 5 of them must be fit and ready to play at all times. And how would playing with and against lesser players who don’t deserve to be where they are allow the gifted ones, such as Wilshere and Walcott, develop them to the level they could’ve reached? So the national team would not gain anything from this. Because I do suspect this has got quite alot to do with international football and the people in charge’s wish to focus on it. The influx of foreign players – which is the reason that the PL is the best league at the moment – didn’t start until roughly 1995. The English still didn’t win anything between 1966 and 1995, so what makes people think they would prosper again if young English players were given the chance this time?

    Apart from that I can see this leading to an exaggerated sense of nationalism (which is never good) and once at that stage, it’s not far from plain racism and divides amongst the players in the teams.

    This is an interesting subject, but frightening at the same time.

  7. aqqe

    My previous post was sloppily written. My apologies!

    Keep up the good work though, mr Blogger.

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