Fifa president Sepp Blatter wants to revive his much-debated ‘6+5’ proposal that would force football clubs to select six players from their home country in a starting XI.

 Blatter’s plan won backing from the Fifa Congress in 2008 but could not be brought into operation as it failed to comply with European Union laws on freedom of movement.

Nevertheless, the long-serving chief of world football’s governing body said the Institute for European Affairs (INEA) has suggested a quota agreement along similar lines could be workable - in his opinion forging clear benefits for both clubs and their respective national teams.

“Unfortunately the idea (6+5) foundered on EU Employment Law - the right to work in the country of choice and individual freedom of movement,” Blatter said in his column in Fifa’s weekly magazine. “However, we have not heard the last word on this subject. An Institute for European Affairs expert opinion concludes that a ‘quota agreement’ along the lines of the "6+5 rule" is compatible with the law. It is therefore not too late to seriously revisit this idea.”

Blatter continued: “It would improve the balance between club and national team football, preserve the clubs' national identity and increase the incentive for clubs to make more of their own youth products. A glance at the leading leagues in Europe leaves no room for misinterpretation: foreign professionals form the majority in England (60.4 per cent) and Italy (54.1 per cent ), and that makes life hard for home-grown players. Naturally, the idea that competition is good for business also applies to football. But it has gone too far when up-and-coming young hopefuls no longer have a chance to prove themselves because foreign employees take their places in the team.”

Courtesy: Sports Business International

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