Blatter claims Ferguson's support

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims he has the support of Sir Alex Ferguson for his six-plus-five principle, which would limit the number of foreign players on a team to five.

Blatter introduced the quota proposal last year, with the Premier League often the subject of his criticism for what he perceives to be a lack of homegrown players. When the proposal was first introduced it was believed it would flounder on the European Union's insistence on free movement of labour around member states.

But Blatter said: "I spoke with the leadership, including Sir Alex Ferguson, and he said it is a good solution because it will automatically not only give access to young players but it will also bring back a little of the expenses."

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Manchester United have started to have more players. In the starting XI the other day, they had four.

"We do not penalise the Premier League. The Premier League will still be well organised even if they start to have more players.

"We are now in a economic crisis."

He added: "I have my concerns because the PL is the strongest league in the world, definitely, and taking over in such a manner that other leagues have difficulties to match the Premier League.

"There is another factor. Where is the competition when two thirds or three quarters of participants play not to be first? They play not to be relegated. There is something wrong there.

"That's why we had the solution of the FIFA congress.

"I feel positive now - more positive than I have been because of this legal advice from specialists in European law."

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