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FA want to tighten UK work permit laws

The FA plan to tighten work permit qualifications for incoming foreign players.

The Mail on Sunday says the FA's action comes in the wake of chairman Greg Dyke's speech last week, which questioned why young English players were having their development held back in the Premier League.

Dyke raised the need to tighten the criteria for foreign players entering the country, and it should be a hot topic when he is expected to attend the Premier League shareholder meeting on Thursday.

The toughening-up of work permit restrictions is eminently possible for the FA to achieve because it is within the power of the governing body and could be implemented immediately. Under current rules, any player from the European Union does not require a work permit, which covers the vast majority of incoming foreigners.

But those from outside of the EU need to have played 75 per cent of competitive matches for their national team before being accepted as an outstanding talent that would benefit English football. And their national team must be ranked in the top 70 in the world.

However, some players are admitted on appeal, despite not having fulfilled those criteria.

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