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Blatter stands firm on quota plan

Fifa president Sepp Blatter
Blatter wants to limit the number of foreign players in a team

Fifa president Sepp Blatter is refusing to give up on his plan to limit foreign players in a team, despite conceding it is against European Union law.

Blatter wants a 'six-plus-five' quota system to keep a side's number of foreign players to five.

He said: "For now, it is against one of the principals of European Union law - free circulation of workers in Europe.

"Concerning the legal point of view, we have to investigate exactly what is illegal in this matter."

The European Commission has given little chance to Blatter's plans gaining approval as they deem them to be discriminatory and illegal.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty

But Blatter believes the move would benefit the English game and is determined to press ahead after being given encouragement from a vote of Fifa's members in May.

"We are now working on three different levels to get through the resolution, which was taken by the Fifa congress at the end of May in Sydney, and was taken by a very huge majority - 155 votes against five, and those five votes included no European association," he told Sky News.

"Therefore the mandate was given to the Fifa president and Uefa president, Michel Platini, to investigate this matter and look at, always within the limits of the law, how it can be achieved."

see also
Fifa's quota plans concern Dein
01 Jun 08 |  Europe
SPL split over Fifa quota plans
31 May 08 |  Scottish Premier
Smith sees positives in Fifa idea
30 May 08 |  Scotland
England player numbers at new low
27 May 08 |  Premier League

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