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Clubs consider 'home-grown' quota

Michael Mancienne and John Terry
Chelsea's Michael Mancienne (left) has found first-team opportunities limited

Premier League clubs have discussed plans to impose a quota of "home-grown" players in every matchday squad.

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry revealed the 20 clubs talked about the idea at a meeting last week.

The Premier League has come under pressure from the government, Uefa and the Football Association to create a level playing field and reduce debt.

"We are aware that there is concern and we have to engage in that debate and be part of the solution," said Parry.

Parry said the clubs had looked at a way of bringing more academy players through into first-team squads but nothing had been decided yet.

"It was discussed at the Premier League last week after being put up by the Premier League board," said Parry.

"We have not accepted a figure, just the principle that some minimum limit of home-grown players makes sense.

"Those of us in the Champions League could introduce it now and it wouldn't be an issue. Indeed the Premier League did produce an analysis which showed that actually a lot of the clubs would not have too much difficult complying.

"It will certainly be given more consideration, it's a way off being decided but it was certainly a constructive discussion."

606: DEBATE

Parry is a board member of the European Clubs' Association which on Tuesday decided against a proposal for clubs in Uefa competitions to be limited to spending a maximum of 50% of their turnover on wages.

"The debate on should we just have a simple 50% limit on turnover threw up all sorts of issues such as does that mean the big clubs stay big and the small ones never have a chance to catch up?" Parry said.

"Does it mean that clubs in countries with different tax regimes suffer?

"A lot of clubs felt it is a bit of a blunt instrument and maybe the debate over young players is a better approach."

Clubs in the Champions League and Uefa Cup are already required to have eight home-grown players of any nationality in their 25-man match-day squad, so long as they have spent three years at the club when under the age of 21.

The Football League has already agreed that from next season at least four out of the 16 players in match-day squads have to come through the ranks of clubs in England and Wales.

Other proposals being considered by the Premier League include giving financial incentives to clubs to use players produced by academies, but the "home-grown" rule looks the most likely.

The Premier League clubs will discuss the issue again at their summer meeting in June.

Last year, Football League clubs voted in favour of plans requiring every team to have at least four players in every match-day squad who have been registered domestically for at least three years before their 21st birthday.

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