A majority of EPL clubs have agreed to a new rule which means that the players selected for each EPL game (including those on the bench) must include a set number of “home-grown” players.
Uefa already requires that clubs must have eight homegrown players in their squads of 25 nominated for the tournament. The Football League requires four homegrown players in the matchday squad.
Sepp Blatter, president of Bribary-Fifa (the world’s governing body) wants a 6+5 rule which is against European Union law. (“We’ve never complied with government laws before,” he said in an exclusive made up interview with Untold Arsenal, “I don’t see why we should start now.”)
The culture secretary, Andy Burnham, has (honestly) asked for action on this, while wondering how to spend the (and I am not making this up) £16,500 expenses claim he has got from the Commons supposedly to renovate a new London flat. He was last seen wearing at £19.99 bath robe be bought from Ikea in 2007 that was also claimed for at the tax payer’s expense. (It’s all true). (The Committee of Public Safety which is investigating the matter has suggested he boil the robe in oil, with him still inside it).
Homegrown means players who have trained at a club for three years between 16 and 21. So that means Cesc Fábregas, Clichy, and other Englishmen like that. Wilshere doesn’t qualify because you have to be 19 to be counted. Ramsey who is Welsh, will be counted in two years. Denilson qualifies. Pat Rice would qualify if he felt like it.
Would you like to write an Untold Arsenal article? I’d be happy to hand over the column for a day if you would. There’s no restriction on what you can say except that obviously it needs to be legal, and it must not be bland or boring or dull.
The bland bit is important – I have had a number of items submitted to me, but they often read like overviews of Arsenal for the general reader, rather than cutting edge insight for the well-informed and highly articulate Arsenal fanatic. (Yeah, well, you know, I try).
If you would like to do a piece, please email me to Tony at hamilton-house.com (not on the comments section) with a very brief outline of what you want to say.
(c) Tony Attwood 2009
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