Sepp Blatter says he’s looking out for English fans by proposing a restriction on foreign players. (Getty Images)

Spain 2018?

FIFA President Sepp Blatter would like to see Spain bid for the 2018 World Cup and said he’d heard the Spanish federation was interested.

“I have good memories of the 1982 World Cup in Spain,” Blatter told a party of soccer officials who visited FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

Britain, United States, Mexico, Canada, Belgium and Netherlands as a joint bid, Russia, China, Japan and Australia are other nations that have expressed a desire to host the tournament. The FIFA vote will take place in 2011.

Blatter Still Pushing Player Quotas

Despite warnings from EUFA President Michael Platini and the European Union, Sepp Blatter intends to forge ahead with his foreign player restrictions on club teams.

He says fans will back what he calls the six-plus-five rule. He intends for each professional team to have at least six homegrown players by 2011.

“Club football at the beginning had a local identity, later a regional and now some of the leagues- I am speaking here about the big clubs of the Premier League- there is no more national identity. And I think if you ask the fans they will want to see the national team players playing in the top clubs of the league in the country concerned,” Blatter told BBC Radio.

The Jamaican Football Federation got a boost this week with Sepp Blatter’s willingness to hand out a second Goal Project. (Getty Images)

Jamaican Football

Blatter and the Jamaican Football Federation agree that the current goal project on the islands needs to be scrapped in favor of a new one.

The JFF, led by Captain Horace Burrell and General Secretary Horace Reid, also pushed for assistance with administrative courses and youth development programs in Kingston and Montego Bay.

Blatter broke ground for a Goal Project and FIFA Academy in Nov. 2003, but nothing has materialized.

The FIFA president will award Jamaica a second Goal project in hopes the country can make the 2010 World Cup.

Jamaica plays a home qualifier on June 15 against the Bahamas, and the National Stadium in Kingston has been approved for play.

Senegal Situation

FIFA, the Confederation of African Football and the Senegalese government approved the appointment of Diagna Diaye as head of the Normalization Committee. The committee will be responsible for stabilizing the political unrest among the Senegal Football Federation.

Senegal football coach Lamine Ndiaye will try to get his team into the 2010 World Cup despite political troubles within the federation. (Getty Images)

Sepp Blatter and a delegation of Senegal’s football officials, including sport minister Bacar Dia and FSF President Bounama Dieye, met this week in Zurich to determine the best course for Senegal’s federation to move forward.

After losing in the January Africa Cup of Nations, 29 of 40 FSF members resigned. The federation returned its powers to the national government, which is forbidden by FIFA.

Senegal’s next 2010 World Cup qualifier will be against Algeria on May 31.

FIFA Briefs…

FIFA officials will announce on May 6 whether Port Elizabeth, South Africa will be ready for the Confederations Cup. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium has been delayed by construction issues, but it will not miss the World Cup if dropped from the venue list for the June 14 to 28 tournament. The Confederations Cup is designed to test readiness for the World Cup.

A 6-week ban on Albania was lifted this week after sports minister Ylli Pango withdrew his lawsuit against the national football federation and signed its new statues.

Written by Eric Connelly

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