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Friday, 12 August 2011

Turkish Football Federation to lift foreign player quota

Turkish clubs will soon be able to sign an unlimited amount of non-Turkish players as the Turkish Football Federation plan to lift the restrictions barring clubs from buying a certain amount of non-Turkish players.

Mehmet Ali Aydinlar, chairman of the TFF said that the current rule of teams only being allowed to have six non-Turkish players on the pitch at the same time, and a further two on the bench will remain, however teams will be allowed to have as many foreign players in their squads as they would like.

The Turkish football league is very cash rich, clubs have a lot of money and the lifting of this rule will allow for more foreign superstars to move to the Turkish league and experience Turkish football. Recently stars such as England International Scott Carson, Brazilian International Felipe Melo, and former Bolton Wanderers striker Johan Elmander have all moved to Turkey. The lifting of this rule will surely see more stars follow suit.

Aydinlar also stated that the TFF plan to make decisions on the current match-fixing scandal in Turkey by next week. The teams involved face relegation or could face other punishments such as fines and points deductions.

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