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EPL: Foreign Players at Clubs to be Limited

has submitted a proposal on how to navigate Brexit that would see the number of foreign players permitted in squads cut from 17 to 12 if approved.

The plans, which will be presented to the 20 Premier League chairmen on Thursday, would oblige top tier clubs to ensure at least half of their 25-man squad is ‘homegrown’.

Informal discussions on how to deal with Brexit when Premier League clubs are so reliant on freedom of movement for European talent have been ongoing for months.

The FA and the Premier League are understood to be keen to come to an agreement quickly to avoid a situation where all EU players have to fulfil the same criteria as non-EU players do now in order to get a work permit.

Clubs are currently allowed up to 17 overseas players in their squads but the FA’s proposal would reduce that number by five, to 12.

It would significantly alter the composition of many clubs, including title holders which have the maximum number of foreign players. A further four clubs have 16 non-homegrown players among their number.

The FA has always insisted it would make the most of the opportunity presented by Brexit to increase the number of British youngsters given a chance at top clubs.

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