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Wednesday, 22 May, 2002, 10:14 GMT 11:14 UK
Clubs 'reluctantly' back transfer window
Robbie Fowler's move to Leeds would only take place during a transfer window
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The Premier League has given its backing to the Football League's fight against Fifa's propsoal to impose domestic transfer windows.

After a meeting on Tuesday, Premier League club chairmen claimed they were "reluctantly being forced" to vote in favour of transfers being limited to the close season and January.

The Premier League favours a dual system where transfer windows can be imposed on deals between clubs of different countries, while leaving the domestic transfer system intact.


We are reluctantly being forced to implement Fifa's rules on transfer windows
Premier League spokesman

The Football League has said it will defy any restrictions on transfer activity because of the financial implications they could have in the wake of the ITV Digital crisis.

Now the problem is set to be dumped in the Football Association's lap.

A Premier League spokesman said: "We have always supported the Football League over this issue.

"But as things stand we are reluctantly being forced to implement Fifa's rules on transfer windows.

"We have therefore, charged the FA with responsibility to use the position and influence they have on Fifa committees, and as a national association, to mount a full-blooded lobbying campaign to get these rules changed.

"They will receive our full support in attempting to ensure that a dual system is put in place."

The meeting also rejected proposals for Premier League clubs to be able to make one loan deal a season between themselves.

The four Premier League representatives to the FA - Aston Villa's Doug Ellis, Chelsea's Ken Bates, Peter Ridsdale of Leeds and David Dein of Arsenal, were re-elected.


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