By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Government will come under pressure to prevent the Premier League’s breakaway six from signing foreign players if the European Super League comes to fruition.
There is a feeling amongst English football’s key stakeholders that Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham shouldn’t be allowed to access foreign talent under new post-Brexit recruitment rules if the controversial new division is started.
The Football Association, the Premier League and the EFL combined to create a points-based system for new overseas signings, which was given the go-ahead by the Home Office last year.
Non-UK players are required to obtain a Governing Body Endorsement, tantamount to a work permit, to play in this country with a transfer only immediately approved with a score of 15, with points awarded on a range of criteria including number of international caps and the FIFA ranking of the player’s country.
But the ‘big six’ clubs at the forefront of the European Super League could see their plans to strengthen their squads scuppered by Whitehall if they deem incoming new signings do not meet the criteria.
Indeed, two leading Government officials have already spoken out against the European Super League plans.