The Football League is considering a ban on all foreign loan players, a move which would threaten Roland Duchâtelet's European network model. The proposal is one of a number now out for consultation with all Football League clubs as a response to the work of Greg 'Roland Rat' Dyke's FA Commission. At present League clubs are permitted to sign only eight players on loan from overseas clubs over the course of a season, while only five loan players of any origin can be name in a match day squad.
The League is also proposing a significant increase in the number of home grown players that must be in each match day squad with a minimum of nine next season to rise to eleven in subsequent years. They also plan to stipulate that two of the seven substitutes must be under 21, a rule that would not threaten Charlton as we often use young players from the Academy anyway, something that Roland very much endorses.
My immediate thought was that one could to some extent get round this by signing players from elsewhere in Roland's stable on one year contracts for a nominal fee. Using her legal skills, Katrien should also study the proposals in detail, in the first place to challenge them. However, as they require the support of only 51 per cent of all clubs, they are likely go through.
It's a moot point whether they are compatible with the right of freedom of movement of labour within the European Union as confirmed by the Bosman judgment. Presumably it could be argued that it doesn't extend to temporary moves, but I am unsure what the legal position is and in any event it is something that could be tested in the courts.