FIFA Say Carroll Swap For Ba Can’t Happen
This weekend you may have seen (yet) another rush of headlines claiming Newcastle could swap Demba Ba for Andy Carroll in January, as well as being the usual feeble speculation to tempt you to buy, or even just waste seconds of your precious time reading online, the deal is also impossible!
The FIFA rules relating to how many clubs you can play for in one season are as follows.
The FIFA regulations on Status and Transfer of Players, Chapter 3: Registration of Players, Article 5.3 states:
‘Players may be registered for a maximum of three clubs during the period from 1 July until 30 June of the following year. During this period, the player is only eligible to play in official matches for two clubs’. (There is one exception relating to moving to another country whose season partly overlaps with the Premier League but that clearly doesn’t play any part here)
So with Carroll having already appeared for both Liverpool and West Ham this season, the ponytailed one can’t play for Newcastle as well.
In theory Newcastle could sign him as you are allowed to be registered for three clubs in a season but you can only play for two of the three, so the chances of Mike Ashley paying Carroll to not play for 6 or 7 months are…unlikely.
1 The fact that Carroll is contracted to West Ham on a season long loan
2 Carroll’s massive wages
3 A (relatively) massive fee for Carroll, with reports that the fee agreed with West Ham is £18m if Carroll permanently moves
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