UK visa rule change hits non-EU players

January 18, 2013
By ESPN staff
A change to UK immigration law has blocked a loophole that enabled non-European players to evade the FA's requirements for them to play in England.

FA rules say a non-European player must have played in 75% of their country's matches in the two years prior to moving to England, with that nation needing to have had an average world ranking of 70 or higher.

But players have been able to gain investor visas given to those willing to invest £1 million or more in the UK, enabling ...

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