There is already talk about challenging this new ruling legally. From what standpoint i have no idea.
The new Uefa ruling states that clubs must have four homegrown players in their squad by 2006 to enter European competitions.
I think this is quite a turnaround from the days that teams could only field four foreigners and that included Welsh and Scottish and Irish players.
If the rule still stands that these home nations are classed individually then perhaps it might not cause too many problems as clubs will be able to use up their allotted numbers with players from these.
Some people will be of the opinion that that teams should be able to pick who they want etc.
I wonder if the current scenario at Chelsea has anything to do with this ruling. Perhaps the powers that be are a little frightened and that is why they are trying to force clubs to use home grown talent.
It has to be said that the Champions league is becoming a tad predictable and there is a wide gulf emerging, perhaps handicapping the top teams may open the competition up a bit more and make it more interesting.
So, is this a step forward or a step back?