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  • A Yahoo! User Feb 4, 2008 15:25 Flag

    Ghana, Ivory Coast wins

    I don't understand the work permit process.I always thought that if you were an overseas person , to get a work permit you needed to have a job in England,or anywhere.Why are footballers different?

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    • According to the parliament.uk website, the following applies to non-European nationals:

      " Sportspeople applying for work permits should be people who are internationally established at the highest level, and whose employment will make a significant contribution to that particular sport in Great Britain at the highest level".

      So getting a few games under his belt for Angola will be pretty useful.

      Interestingly Arsenal were accused of bending the above rules by getting smaller clubs in Europe to take on African players, get their work permits sorted after a while based on number of appearances, and then to ship them onto Arsenal - allegedly!!