Inter braced for foreign concept
Friday 11 November, 2005
Inter may have to give their squad a complete overhaul this summer as CONI aim to introduce new protectionist regulations from next season.
CONI, the governing body for sport in Italy, is currently discussing moves to reduce the number of foreign nationals permitted to play for Italian clubs.
It is perceived that fewer Italian players are getting the chance to make the grade and ply their trade in Italy, as a result of the influx of foreign players, and so steps are being taken to ‘protect’ youth systems.
CONI’s new directive stipulates revolutionary changes to the current system if enforced, as intended, from next season.
Under the new regime, of 18 players - the first 11 and seven substitutes - in a match-day squad submitted to the referee, at least 50 per cent must be Italian or have come through the ranks at an Italian outfit.
The squad of players at a club, meanwhile, must also consist of at least 50 per cent home-grown players.
The new regulation will come as a shock to the system for numerous Serie A sides, many of whom look abroad for new recruits.
Inter, in particular, will be seriously affected by the new ruling as they boast no fewer than 18 foreigners. Only five of Roberto Mancini’s men hail from Italy.
Francesco Toldo, Marco Materazzi, Giuseppe Favalli, Paolo Orlandoni and Cristiano Zanetti are their Italians – even if only Materazzi and Favalli can be considered first-choice players.
Critics of the proposals will say that clubs will flout the new laws by recruiting foreign players at a younger age, developing them at the expense of other Italians and sending them out to other clubs on loan.