Premier League chief Richard Masters wants to bypass the FA and introduce special visas after Brexit
Premier League chief Richard Masters plans to bypass FA and introduce special visas for players as top flight Brexit fears spark tense feud
- The FA wants to take advantage of Brexit by reducing the number of allowed foreign stars
- Meanwhile, the Premier League wants import laws to be relaxed after divorce
- They could take out the FA while Richard Masters plans a special visa arrangement
The Premier League could sideline the Football Association in a historic attempt to convince the Home Office to introduce a special visa system as the post-Brexit quota squabble rages on days before the deadline.
Crisis talks will take place between clubs on Tuesday after ‘difficult discussions’ with the governing body have not been reached.
In a lengthy email sent to chairmen and chief executives and seen by SportsmailPremier League Director Richard Masters paints a grim picture of the situation with FA Chairman Greg Clarke, revealing they can bypass the FA completely and present their own visa system to the Home Office.
The Premier League wants to introduce a special visa system for foreign players after Brexit
Top boss Richard Masters wants to bypass the FA and relax the import laws
Following the UK’s departure from the internal market on December 31, new immigration laws for football will have to be introduced.
The FA, which they say is an effort to increase the number of players available for selection in England, is keen to use Brexit to reduce the number of foreign players allowed, while the Premier League believes import rules should be relaxed.
A deadline of next Saturday was set for an agreement, but that date could be postponed.
Clarke told clubs they will send the FA’s proposals to the Home Office if no deal comes, adding that he believes they will then be passed.
The FA would like to see Brexit benefit the England national team and the Englishman in the league
But Masters says the Home Office could decide on the league’s visa regime for sports professionals instead.
He says the Premier League could try to evade the FA and present their own system to the government.
In the three-page document, Masters states that after “difficult discussions” the ideas of the league “don’t easily fit the FA’s position.” Masters also says the FA’s proposals will “ reduce the talent available ” and lower standards.
“While both sides have tried to narrow the gap, there remains a significant distance at this point,” he added.