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30/05/2008 09:29

Papers: FIFA curb foreigners

End of the line for Premier League foreigners
The Premier League today paid the price for its success when football’s world governing body voted in favour of the “six-plus-five rule”, which would put a limit on the number of foreign players each team could field. FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said he hopes the controversial rule, which would limit every team to only five foreign players in their starting XI, will be in place by the 2012/13 season. His vision appears to be a step closer following the overwhelming backing at FIFA's annual congress in Sydney, Australia. FIFA's controversial proposal is different from a "home-grown players" rule proposed by UEFA, European football's governing body. UEFA defines "home-grown players" as team members who, regardless of age or nationality, have been trained by their club or by another club in the National Association for at least three years between the ages of 15 and 21.
Mark Lawford, Daily Mail

Thursday’s unveiling of a new statue at Old Trafford has been widely reported in the press. The United Trinity monument – featuring George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton – now stands opposite the Sir Matt Busby statue at the front of the ground. Denis Law, who attended the unveiling, told The Guardian he thinks the current team can go on to “dominate” in Europe. “I’ve seen the teams from Italy and Spain,” he said, “and they’re not in the same class.”

Elsewhere, the Mail speculate Tom Heaton’s loan move to Cardiff City could be the sweetener in a deal to bring Bluebirds youngster Aaron Ramsay to Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney, fierce and fiery on the pitch, has been told to cool his tackling by England boss Fabio Capello. However, the national manager also admitted in The Sun: “I like that commitment, you cannot play without that.”

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