Former Chelsea player Victor Moses has had his move to Burnley blocked by the Premier League, with ‘sporting integrity’ cited as the reason the transfer was not cleared.
It comes as FIFA and UEFA granted a special waiver to allow players from the Russian and Ukrainian leagues to seek moves elsewhere outside the transfer window.
According to Sky Sports Newsthe Premier League blocked the possibility of Moses leaving Russia and joining Burnley.
The Premier League argued the decision was made to protect sporting integrity, perhaps believing the transfer would be seen as unfair to Burnley’s competitors at the bottom of the table.
Sky Sports say Moses is isolated from family and friends as Burnley try to ‘rescue’ him from ‘Russian distress’ during the war with Ukraine.
They have so far refused to comment on the situation, but it’s disconcerting as other top European leagues such as La Liga and Ligue 1 have allowed transfers from Russia and Ukraine.
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Sheffield United were the first England side to sign a player from the Russian leagues, adding Filip Uremovic to their ranks as the Championship cleared the transfer.
Moïse will remain in Russia as things stand, but the backlash could see the Premier League make a U-turn and allow the former Blue to return to England and rejoin his family.
The winger joined Spartak Moscow from Chelsea at the start of the season after a successful loan spell last campaign.
A solution, which would seem practical, could be not to allow Burnley to register Moses until the end of the current campaign.
It’s unclear if Sean Dyche’s side would be open to it, but it could ensure he returns to England under the circumstances and has a club to play for next season.
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