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By: Bill Osborne
Date: 22/09/2000

The European Commission has claimed that there are no plans to abolish transfers in their ruling on the market at the end of the year. Mario Monti, the European Commissioner for free trade, said that the intention of the market review was to make the system fairer.

A spokeswoman, affirmed: "The Commission intends to develop the transfer system not abolish it. "We await the proposals from the football world that will respect European legislation while maintaining particularities specific to the sport, especially where the support of youth team players and solidarity between the small and great clubs are concerned.

With the backing of the Premier League, The Football League and the Players Football Association, leaflets have been sent from Lancaster Gate to clubs, leagues and player associations throughout the country and to foreign national associations calling on the EC to recognise "the vital importance of the transfer system to the welfare of the modern game".

Now they are turning their attention to fans by appealing to supporters who oppose massive changes to the status quo to make their feelings known by e-mailing the FA's website special email address.

FA chief executive Adam Crozier added: "The fans are very important. They are a big constituent part of the game and can therefore create political pressure for the politicians to support what we are doing."

If you wish to protect the transfer system for the benefit of your club email your objections to the proposed changes to:

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