Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hit out against the Premier League's regulation of not allowing players on loan to play against their parent club.
The Spaniard is disappointed at not being able to field Gareth Barry in their crucial clash against Manchester City.
"In my eyes, when you reach an agreement to allow a player to go, that could be a loan period or a permanent transfer, he should be allowed to play," he said.
"If you make the decision to allow a player to go, it is because that season, for whatever reason, everyone is happy to see the player in another club."
Martinez also brought up the fact that European competitions allow a loanee to play against his parent club as we have seen in the Chelsea v Atletico Madrid tie in the Champions League semi-final which saw Thibaut Courtois play a crucial role against his parent club at Stamford Bridge.
Martinez is not the only one to have spoken out against the loan regulations of the Premier League in recent times. Arsene Wenger also had his say earlier last month.
"It is just a protection of the clubs who loan the players out to hurt their opponents, when they have no risk at all," said the Frenchman.
The Professor went on to say that he had always selected the option that allowed on of his loanees to play against Arsenal when that option was still available.
The Toffees go up against title contenders Manchester City this weekend at Goodison Park. A win for Everton will see them challenge for a spot in the Champions League next season. It would also see Manchester City give up a potential lead at the top of the table to Everton's arch rival, Liverpool.
Martinez however does emphasise that he is not looking to do Liverpool any favours and that a win on Saturday will solely be with the intention of competing in Europe next season.
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