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Premier League clubs warned over foreign quotas

The English Football Association has warned that there will be a significant reduction in the number of overseas players allowed in Premier League squads if top-tier clubs do not agree to its proposals.

The FA’s plans to reduce the number of overseas players allowed in 25-man Premier League squads from 17 to 12 has been met with opposition from clubs. The proposal has been put forward as part of plans to deal with Brexit.

The Times has reported that the number of European footballers allowed to play in the Premier League would drop by “about two-thirds” if no agreement can be reached between the league and the FA. The report added that clubs have been warned by the FA that there would be no room for negotiation on the size of the overseas quota.

The UK government has tasked the FA with creating a post-Brexit immigration system in partnership with the Premier League. The Times, citing analysis by the FA, said that currently only about 35 per cent of the European players in the league would have been eligible for a work permit if the FA endorsement criteria had been in place.

The FA also believes that limiting clubs to the number of overseas players it has suggested would not have a huge impact, with only a small proportion of teams featuring 17 foreign players in their squads at present.