The FA and Premier League are seriously discussing rewarding clubs post-Brexit with credits to allow them to buy more foreign players if they field more English ones first.

A European Union flag and belonging to an anti-Brexit activist flies outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 23, 2019. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could pivot towards a general election as the EU mulls granting a Brexit deadline extension on Wednesday, after a fresh twist to the divorce saga cast doubt over his hopes of leaving on October 31. In tense parliamentary votes on Tuesday, Johnson won initial backing for the divorce deal he agreed with the EU -- but MPs then rejected his timetable to rush it through parliament in a matter of days. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)
A European Union flag and belonging to an anti-Brexit activist flies outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 23, 2019 (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)

In a proposal that has still to go to the Home Office, who have the final say when it comes to immigration, the FA are also pushing the Premier League to increase the number of homegrown players required in a squad up from eight to 13.

Their grand post-Brexit scheme would see clubs like Chelsea (whom the Daily Mail cite as the best example of a club giving lots of playing time to English players) awarded credits based on the number of qualifying players they field.

They could then use those to earn greater leeway to bring in more foreigners which would seem to defeat the point.

Then again, given the state of Brexit, it’s not a surprise even this is a total balls.

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