In a bid to curb issues that have been arising from multiple citizenships amongst players and which team to play for, FIFA seeks to place a stern rule to determine which team a player with dual or multiple citizenships can play for.
FIFA’s rule at present still remains that if a player has featured in a competitive international for one team he /she cannot switch to another team not minding if he/she is also a citizen of that Nation.
However, Cape Verde’s football federation has proposed that this rule is relaxed in cases where the players have only played once or twice for a national side in an international competition.
“There are so many issues that have popped up,” said FIFA’s Victor Montagliani. “The world is changing.”
“Immigration is changing. There are nationality issues that pop up all over the world – in Africa, (and) there are issues in Asia and CONCACAF.”
“So it’s a good time to have a look at this and see if there are solutions without hurting the integrity of the game.”
It was gathered that the Canadian, who heads up FIFA’s stakeholders’ committee, is president of CONCACAF, which represents North and Central America as well as the Caribbean federation.