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Loan loophole set to be closed

Football League clubs are tomorrow set to impose tough new restrictions on overseas loan players following Watford's exploitation of the system last season.

The number of loan players at Watford stretched to 14 last season, and 10 of them came from just one club: Italian side Udinese.

The Pozzo family who own the Hornets also own the Serie A club, while other players have come from another club owned by the family, Granada in Spain.

The use of foreign loan players circumvented Football League rules which restrict match-day squads to five loan players, with a maximum of four from any one club.

Ex-Watford owner gloats after Playoff failure

Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini has reportedly delighted in the team's failure to make the Premier League in a series of bitter texts to local paper the Watford Observer.

Bassini, who left the club following the Pozzo family's takeover, apparently sent three gloating messages in the aftermath of Crystal Palace's Playoff final victory and called for them to be published on the newspaper's website.

They appeared as follows:

How is the feeling in the town now? Ask Anthony (Matthews, the group sports editor) because for me the feeling is amazing.

What goes around comes around. This is my happiest memory of Watford. Print this in the paper, Laurence Bassini. I have to go now and open the champagne. All my love to Watford.

Can’t see any Watford fans on telly. They must be in Watford town enjoying the feeling with Anthony.

Put me on your website tonight; every word I have quoted.


Teams: Crystal Palace v Watford


Palace XI: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Williams, Zaha, Wilbraham. #playofffinal


Here's the #WatfordFC side this afternoon: Almunia; Doyley, Ekstrand, Cassetti; Anya, Chalobag, Hogg, Abdi, Pudil; Deeney, Vydra.


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