FA accused of getting most of its post-Brexit transfer rules wrong!!!

by Sir Hardly Anyone

Traditionally, Untold has taken more note of the 25 player rule and the notion that only 17 players can be foreign grown, than the inventors of transfer rumours.  Our view has been that people who run newspaper columns and blogs propagating the rumours of transfers (97% of which are always wrong) never take into account these numbers and so most rumours simply could never happen.

But also we have been focusing on the effects of the UK leaving the European Union and how this changes the rules, given that EU citizens previously had the freedom to work in the UK without let or hindrance, as the saying goes.

But history is history, and as we know on Thursday 23 June 2016 the EU referendum took place and the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.  Which we then did on 30 January 2020, with the new rules that automatically had to be applied, being implemented and for the first time affecting transfers conducted after 31 December 2020.  In short everyone had four and a half years to get it all right.

Yet amazingly it seems they didn’t, for now the Daily Mail has come up with the notion that the whole thing has been a gigantic cock-up and that the FA (that glorious and wonderful body seemingly made up of an endless supply of sexist and racist old white men) has actually been implementing the wrong rules since 31 December last year!

Hard to believe I know, but there it is.

As a result the clubs say that the FA has been illegally preventing clubs from signing some young foreign players.  Specifically it is alleged that the the points based system has not been implemented properly, either because the FA can’t add up or because they don’t want to.

Whichever way you look at it, the post Brexit rules are singularly dehumanising, reducing individual people to a set of numbers.  But, tot up enough numbers from your time as a youth player, playing for your country in the various age teams (under 21s etc), and as a full-grown international, and then the door to the UK magically opens.

The accounting system is also supposed to take into account that the club which employs the a player playing with Boca Juniors in Argentina (for example) is automatically worth more points than a player with Arsenal Sarandi, in the same country (Arsenal Sarandi having lost their first three games of this season).

Thus, as is the way with Brexit, players stop being people instead simply carry a score based on their national team, how many time they have played for their club, and the league their club plays in.

Apparently, on hearing that there was dismay, the FA declined to comment.  Largely because no one was at home (either physically or mentally).

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