Sepp Blatter yesterday made it clear that he wants to impose the “six plus five” rule in football by 2012. The rule states that teams have to have at least six home-grown players and at most five foreigners in their starting line-up in every game. However the move has now encountered public opposition from the EU.
Despite Blatter’s best efforts to try and make the move work with UEFA and the European Union, the rule now seems to be unlikely to go ahead. Europe’s Commissioner for Equal Opportunities said that such a rule would be discriminatory and illegal. However the EU have given the go-ahead for another rule, called the “home grown-players” rule, BBC reports.
This rule states that teams must register eight home-grown players for each Champions League or UEFA Cup campaign. By that ruling, a home-grown player would be a player of any nationality who was developed by the club between the ages of 15 and 21.
Sepp Blatter is not one to back off from his plans, especially with the influence he holds as far as everything football is concerned and he will look to do more to push his rule through.