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FA considers restrictions on foreign Premier League players

The English Football Association (FA) is planning on reducing the number of overseas players allowed in Premier League squads from 17 to 12 as part of plans to deal with Brexit, according to The Times.

The newspaper reported that the proposal will be put forward to clubs this week. The changes would require clubs to ensure that at least half of their squads comprise homegrown players.

The changes would be significant, with 13 of the 20 Premier League clubs currently featuring more than 12 overseas players in their first-team squads.

According to The Times, if a deal is not agreed then EU players could be forced to fulfil the same criteria that currently applies to non-EU players when it comes to securing a work permit.

If the proposal is approved, the FA would agree to give a governing body endorsement for a work permit for every foreign player signed by a Premier League club.

An FA spokesperson told the Reuters news agency: “We are continuing to work with the Premier League, EFL (English Football League) and a range of government departments, including: DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport); Home Office; Treasury during this consultation period.”