Red tape holds up City transfer

First published in Sport by

HOME Secretary Jacqui Smith has been lobbied to review a decision not to grant an Iraqi footballer a work permit to play for Manchester City.

Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson had hoped to bring Nashat Akram, a star of Iraq's Asian Cup-winning team, to play for his side.

But Akram, aged 24, cannot come to the UK because of a technicality in immigration rules for footballers.

Keith Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester East, said: "I shall be calling on the Home Secretary to review this decision.

"Here we have someone who wants to come and work legitimately, a role model for his country, whose presence here can heal divisions in Iraq. Parliament has given ministers the right to exercise their discretion and they should use it."

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree