Italian clubs to be allowed two non-EU signings

Last Updated: Jul 06, 2011, 09:07 AM IST

Milan: Serie A clubs will be allowed to sign two non-European Union players per season instead of the current one, the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) said on Tuesday.

The FIGC said in a statement that the change, which will come into effect for the 2011/12 season, had been unanimously approved at a meeting of the federation.

"The return of the two non-EU players is important for Italian football and will enable teams to recover their competitiveness," Serie A president Maurizio Beretta told the league`s website.

The restrictions were imposed a year ago following Italy`s first-round exit at the 2010 World Cup and were aimed at encouraging clubs to invest in local talent.

Top clubs say the move backfired as it has put them at a disadvantage against their European rivals, with no Italian clubs progressing past the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season.

Bureau Report