Russian Premier League sets up work group to oversee ‘legionnaires quota’ implementation

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MOSCOW, April 2. /TASS/. Football clubs of the Russian Premier League (RPL) have set up a work group on the implementation of the Russian Football Union’s (RFU) directive regarding a limit on foreign players allowed to play for national clubs, RPL Spokesman Sergei Alekseyev said on Tuesday.

“A work group was formed to oversee the implementation of the directive from the RFU regarding the limit on legionnaires,” Alekseyev told journalists following a session of the RPL in Moscow on Tuesday.

The Russian Premier League is currently exploiting the ‘6+5’ quota, which means that not more than six foreign players could be simultaneously playing for one club on the field during the match time.

Early this year, the RPL voiced its support to change the quota of foreign players allowed to play in the Russian championship to ‘8+17’ formula.

The ‘8+17’ formula means that each RPL club can include not more than eight foreign players in the extended roster before the season. The Executive Board of the Russian Football Union (RFU) earlier ruled that the limit on foreign players, often called as the legionnaires, in the Russian football clubs will be changed starting with the 2020/21 season either to the ‘8+17’ formula or to ‘7+18’.

In July 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law regulating the number of foreign athletes allowed to participate in sports competitions in Russia.

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