Paradise for migrant workers. What does the “special status” in the Russian Federation mean for the football players of Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

AT THE STOPS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION The decision enshrined on June 9 at the RFU Executive Committee was read a long time ago. Back in February 2019, at the meeting of the presidents of Russia and Belarus, the then Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation Pavel Kolobkov announced the abolition of the status of a legionnaire in the RPL for Belarusian football players. And in January 2020, an order was published on the entry into force from July 1 of the same norm for representatives of other members of the Eurasian Economic Union – Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. In other words, the RFU had to obey the instructions from above. And this decision is not some kind of Russian know-how. The EU has long had similar rules for players from EU countries. In European top championships, such players are not considered foreigners. And the limit is valid for representatives of other countries. For example, in the Spanish example, their number in the application is limited to three players. JOY FOR SOCHI AND URALA If the norm had already extended to the final eight rounds of RPL-2019/20, this would not have led to revolution. There are only three football players from Kazakhstan in our championship, two from Armenia, and there are no Kyrgyz at all. For comparison: there are ten Brazilian legionnaires in the Premier League clubs. Be that as it may, Sochi becomes the main beneficiary, played by Alexander Karapetian (17 matches in the 2019/20 season) and Akmal Bakhtiyarov (2). Surely glad to see changes in the Urals, where the limit on legionnaires has been maximally worked out for several years. The new status of the defender of Varazdat Aroyan (17) from August will be most welcome. And in “Rostov” the midfielder Bakhtier Zainutdinov (12) will have more chances to gain a foothold. It will be much easier to find a new team for the defender of the Kyrgyz national team (33 matches) Valery Kichin who spent almost in Russia whole career. For the past six months he has been on a contract with Torpedo hoping to return to the RPL, but on June 30 the agreement expires and he becomes a free agent. Now for the 27-year-old Kichin should line up from the clubs of the lower half of the RPL table. Well, which of the "eaesovtsev" invite to the Premier League? Heinrich Mkhitaryan is unlikely to visit us. Foreigners from the EAEU countries in RPL-2019/20 clubs DANGER – IN TRANSIT OF LATIN AMERICANS Not an example saw the explosive influx of "sublimit" neighbors in the RPL. Rather, an increase in the “new Russians” can be expected in the sub-elite divisions — FNL and PFL, although … In this season, the FNL does not play a single citizen of Belarus! And this is the logic: they better play in their home country in the top division and fight for the opportunity to show themselves in European competitions than hang out at the bottom of Russian football. Perhaps it is more worth fearing the “transit” of South Americans through neighboring states. In Europe, this practice is widely known. Brazilians get passports in Spain without problems, Argentines – in Italy, Africans – in France, and cease to be considered legionnaires throughout the EU. However, neither in Kyrgyzstan, nor in Armenia, nor in Kazakhstan, at first glance, there is an abundance of naturalized players. But the situation may change already in the summer. Recall, by the way, about the new limit, which will come into force from the 2020/21 season. Now, the application can include no more than 8 foreigners (from countries outside the EAEU). And until the end of the 2019/20 championship, the previous rule works: no more than six “guest workers” are simultaneously on the field. The best representatives of Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan outside Russia RISK TO BE A SPAS AKHMETOV FOR CHURCHESOV It is possible that we will see an increase in the opposite effect – Russians who are not able to break into the RPL. Where will such players go? First of all, in the championship of Kazakhstan. A case in point is Belarus. In 2018, 22 Russians played in the local major league (second place after the Ukrainians – 31), but by the next season there were the majority (52). So why not a “trickle" to rush to Kazakhstan, where our people now also do not fall under any limits? However, the possible losses for the Russian team are much more dangerous. The example of the native of Bishkek Ilzat Akhmetov is indicative. The head coach of the Kyrgyz national team Alexander Krestinin said that he once really wanted to call an army man on the national team, but he could not agree, since playing for the national team would acquire the status of a legionnaire, which would complicate his career development in Of Russia. Now, such a mechanism will no longer work. And in the new realities Stanislav Cherchesov could well have lost a promising candidate for our national team. But then you can wait for naturalized players from Russia in the national teams of Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Earlier, receiving offers to join one of their neighbors, they often refused to not be considered legionnaires in the RPL. Now there is no such barrier for them. RFU President Alexander Dyukov talks about the Zenit – Spartak semifinal, EAEU legionnaires and other executive committee results

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