Russian President Putin Orders Government Regulation Of Foreign Football, Hockey Players
Russian President Vladimir Putin "called Friday for his government to draw up rules to control how Russian teams sign foreign football and hockey players, in a sign that limits in both sports could be tightened," according to R-SPORT. Russian top-tier football clubs "may field no more than seven foreigners at a time, while Russian clubs in the KHL hockey league can have only five foreigners on the roster." Those limits "are designed to protect local talent and ensure game time for young Russian players with the aim of national teams succeeding at top global competitions." The quotas "have been criticized, however, for allowing Russian players to demand inflated wages." Now control of foreign player limits "could be taken out of the sports federations’ hands" (R-SPORT, 4/11).