Dein and Kenyon united against player quotas

November 28, 2006

Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon are united in their opposition of the imposition of player quotas.

Both FIFA and UEFA are pursuing variations on regulations which will boost the numbers of home-grown players in teams` starting line-ups.

However, the representatives of two of England`s top sides are sceptical that the suggestions being put forward are workable.

'It runs right in the face of freedom of movement of workers. The courts will be very busy with it,' warned Dein.

Kenyon added: 'Quotas are going to happen, there is no question about that.

'But we have to make sure we don't kill an element of the game that has made us successful.

'I'm all in favour of quotas per squad but if you start imposing how many you have to play in any 11, that's too prescriptive.'

Both were speaking at the Soccerex conference in Dubai and there Dein came up with a fresh solution for compensating clubs whose players are injured on international duty.

This has become a critical issue pending a number of civil actions and Newcastle's demands over Michael Owen's crippling knee injury sustained at the World Cup.

Dein insisted that instead of national associations paying the clubs - the FIFA option, but financially difficult for smaller nations - compensation should be paid by the tournament organisers, be they FIFA or UEFA.

'I believe that in the not-too-distant future, there will be a formula to make sure all these legal actions can be put to one side,' he said.

'There needs to be one standard for everyone.'