The Premier League have released a statement in light of reports today suggesting some big changes incoming for English football.
In light of the impending Brexit deal, whatever form that may take, the status of many foreign Premier League players has come into question.
Work permits and other obstacles in a post-Brexit Premier League will limit the movement of players, and while those currently present may not be forced out, it will impact on future signings.
To that end, Sky Sports reported earlier today that the FA are seeking to reduce the number of foreign players allowed in each Premier League team from 17 to 13, predicated on a potential ‘no deal’ in Brexit negotiations.
The FA sought meetings with the Premier League, EFL and their respective clubs with a view to prioritising the growth of ‘home-grown’ players.
While such measures may have to be adopted given the political climate, as the report outlines, the Premier League have released a statement arguing their own case that no changes to the quota should be made.
“The Premier League has held a range of conversations with Government and stakeholders regarding the impact on British football of the UK leaving the European Union,” the statement read.
“We currently operate rules that limit the number of non-homegrown players clubs can have in senior squads, while also working with clubs to operate a world-leading player development system which delivers for England teams at every level.
This was demonstrated by the many Premier League club Academy and senior players whom FA coaches moulded so well into Under-17 and Under-20 FIFA World Cup winners and men’s FIFA 2018 World Cup semi-finalists.
There is no evidence that stronger quotas than exist now would have a positive impact on national teams.”
They claim that the EFL and SPFL are in agreement, and that talks with the FA and other parties will continue in earnest.
“We approach this matter in the interests of British football as a whole and have held positive discussions with the EFL and the Scottish Professional Football League, who both agree that Brexit should not be used to weaken playing squads in British football, nor to harm clubs’ ability to sign international players.
The three league bodies also recognise that the development pathway for young British players needs to be further enhanced and are committed to finding ways of achieving this across all professional clubs.
Away from playing squads, it is important to recognise the global interest in the Premier League and in our clubs when they compete in the FA and Carabao Cup competitions, and the wider positive impact on the UK of having a successful Premier League.
Our competition is watched in 189 countries, 700,000 visitors to the UK per season attend a match, clubs employ 12,000 full-time staff and Premier League football generates £3.3bn per season in taxes.
We have a positive working relationship with The FA and will continue to have constructive discussions with them, and other stakeholders.”
The original timeline for Brexit to take effect was due to happen in March of next year, but with turmoil in the British government and talk of the negotiation period being extended for a further two years, the above footballing bodies may yet have more time to hash out a deal of their own.