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Foreign players Banned

Rajesh Patel, the Fiji FA president says the decision was passed unanimously at the council meeting held at National Football Academy in Ba. #Recently the Fiji immigration department required all foreign players to obtain work permits. Few faced deportation. #Patel said the national football body then proposed of only two foreign players allowed per district. #“We had proposed that only two foreign players with three month residency would be allowed to play but Rewa moved a motion to not allow foreign players at all and Ba seconded it and thus the council passed the decision,” Patel said. #The Fiji FA president says the ruling will come into effect from the 2013/2014 Fiji Sun GP Batteries National Football League season. #“The motion was passed unanimously at the council meeting. From the new league season no foreign players will be allowed to play in the Super and premier division. Those that have been registered by districts will be allowed to feature in the 2013 Courts Inter District Championship but not afterwards. Districts have been advised to implement the exit clause,” Patel said. #Fiji FA believes that the move will take our football to greater heights. #“This is good news. The government and Fiji FA were concerned as our local players were being deprived of the opportunity to participate. Lot of foreign players were coming to just to win tournaments for districts and it was not benefitting as far as development was concerned,” he said. #“We thought retired players with the likes of Thierry Henry or Ronaldo could come and playing for teams but it was headed other ways. We were developing players from the other countries. Following this move districts will now develop their own players,” Patel concluded. #Suva, Navua, Rewa, Lautoka and Labasa sides signed foreign players during the last Fiji FA transfer and registration window. # FIJI FA MEDIA

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