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Last Updated: Monday, 1 March, 2004, 14:58 GMT
Home nations ratify rules
Berti Vogts
Vogts is against rule changes
The British home football nations have agreed there will be no change in eligibility rules for internationals.

An amendment to Fifa statutes opened the door for players to adopt a new nationality through a British passport, which covers all four nations.

The Scottish FA insisted qualification must only be via blood relatives.

Chief executive David Taylor said: "There is no question of introducing a residency qualification, or 'poaching' players from the other nations."

The four British associations met in London on Monday to discuss the recent Fifa changes.

Taylor said: "It is important to have a common interpretation of the rules, and I am delighted that the British agreement stays in place. Our identity is very important to us.

"We talked about individual circumstances that may arise.

"But I am confident the widening of the Fifa regulations will not affect Scotland and the rest of Britain, and we will continue to select players for Scotland only on the basis of their bloodline."

Scotland boss Berti Vogts has been publicly opposed to any change to the eligibility rules amid much debate about the eligibility of the likes of Celtic wing-back Didier Agathe, a Frenchman who could have qualified on grounds of residency.

The British agreement was signed in 1993 by Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It states that a player with a British passport can only represent a country with which he has a bloodline link, either himself, a parent or a grandparent.

The only exception is where a player has no such link to any of the four countries, and Taylor added: "Any special cases will continue to be considered by the SFA Board."

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