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FIFA Congress Supports Limit On Foreign Player Allotment
Published May 30, 2008
|FIFA Congress Votes In Favor Of Blatter's Plan
To Limit Number Of Foreign Players On Team
FACING OPPOSITION: Roopanarine writes Blatter is "likely to encounter stiff resistance from the European Commission, who have denounced the idea -- which would risk falling foul of regulations on free movement of labour and non-discrimination -- as illegal and discriminatory" (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 5/30). In London, Geoff Meade wrote FIFA's plan has been "condemned as illegal" by the European Commission. EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities Vladimir Spidla: "We are giving a red card to the 6 + 5 rule" (London INDEPENDENT, 5/29).
DRUG TESTING: In London, Vicki Hodges reports FIFA at the congress also "formally accepted the revised [WADA] drug code." FIFA in the past had "resisted WADA's blanket two-year ban for first-time doping offences, saying that the length of any suspension should take into account individual cases" (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 5/30).