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Saga over Justin Jackson

Sunday Apr 1, 2007

Rules nightmare blocks move

Tamworth general manager Russell Moore has finally had an answer from the Football Association regarding the request of international clearance for Justin Jackson. 

"The Football Federation of Australia sate that they are not prepared to change his status from amateur to professional as he last played as an amateur for Casey Comets SC.
"In view of the transfer window being closed in respect of your club, we can only obtain international clearance for an out of work professional as January 31, subject to him signing a contract for the new club.  It is not permissible for an amateur player to change his status during a closed window.
"In the circumstances, the amateur clearance certificate from Australia cannot be accepted in respect of your club and also the player’s contract and registration cannot be accepted by ourselves.
"In view of the clearance received, the player can only play for a club below the Conference National Division as such a club is not bound by the restrictions contained in the FIFA Regulations regarding transfer windows."
Tamworth FC finds it very odd that a player who last played in Australia in September 2006 cannot earn a living after returning to his own country.
Regulations regarding International Clearance are a minefield. If the powers that be at The FA struggle to understand the regulations, what chance do club secretaries have?  The sooner The FA make representation to FIFA regarding this rule, the better for all.
Clubs through no fault of their own are falling foul of this rule time and time again. It's time it was addressed once and for all.
Justin Jackson will continue to train with Tamworth FC in an attempt to secure a playing contract for next season.
Russell Moore
General Manager
Tamworth Football Club Limited

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