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Treaty paves way to curbs - Blatter

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes the European Union´s newly signed Lisbon Treaty will see sporting associations become exempt from the employment laws that allow workers freedom of movement across the continent, allowing the game´s governing body to cap foreign players in domestic leagues.

The new agreement was signed by all 27 nations that make up the EU in the Portuguese capital on Thursday and the Swiss believes the new treaty will allow FIFA to take further plans which will see teams forced to field at least six home-grown players at all times.

"They have accepted a new treaty in Europe and they discussed the specifity of sport and its statutes are guaranteed. We don´t want to fight any laws or authority but we want football to exist as a good family," he said.

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