FIGC President Giancarlo Abete: New Non-EU Player Rule Won't Be Overturned

The Calcio supremo intends to continue the new rule concerning players without European passports in Italy, despite criticism...
Italian FA (FIGC) president Giancarlo Abete has revealed that he will not back down on his decision to reduce the number of non-EU signings for Serie A clubs.

Following Italy's shocking group stage exit at the 2010 World Cup a decision to limit the number of non-EU signings from two to one was taken in the hope that the top flight clubs will invest more in their youth systems and rely on Italian talent.

However, this new policy has met with disapproval from Italian clubs.

"Regarding the decision to reduce the extracomunitari from two to one, there is no going back," Abete explained after a council meeting on Friday, according to Ansa.

"I understand the disappointment and criticism of Serie A, but the decision we took is part of a framework... and in line with the sports policy dictated by CONI in recent years."

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