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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 December 2005, 09:38 GMT
Uefa to discuss Bosman drawbacks
Steve McManaman
Uefa is looking to act on the "negative" consequences of the Bosman ruling on the 10th anniversary of the landmark court case.

Officials will meet with the European Union to discuss a way forward.

Training young players, importing them from outside Europe and the growing gap between rich and poor clubs are all cited as problems with the ruling.

Uefa director general Lars-Christer Olsson said: "We are going to fight the negative effects of the ruling."

Jean-Marc Bosman brought his famous action when his club RFC Liege refused to allow him to join French side Dunkerque because they could not agree a transfer fee, even though the player's contract had expired.

Consequently, players were allowed to move for free after their deals were completed and restrictions on the number of players from different EU countries were also scrapped.

The Bosman ruling took away certain structures that football officials had put in place
Lars-Christer Olsson

However, Olsson believes this has led to other problems: "The Bosman ruling is not the cause of all the problems in football but it took away certain structures that football officials had put in place."

High-profile players such as Sol Campbell and Steve McManaman have used the ruling to move on free transfers.

Campbell let his contract run out at Tottenham before moving to arch-rivals Arsenal in 2001 and McManaman did the same when leaving Liverpool to join Real Madrid.

Real are also expected to be at the centre of a high-profile Bosman transfer this summer, with Michael Ballack seemingly set to leave Bayern Munich to join the Bernabeu club.


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