Monday 11 December 2017

FA loophole allows Kellett to play for Man United

Kellett has already made competitive appearances for two clubs this season, but his spell at Plymouth has been classed as an emergency loan

A Football Association loophole has cleared Andy Kellett to play for Manchester United following his surprise loan move from Bolton, despite already having made competitive appearances for two clubs this season.

The 21-year-old signed a six-month loan deal at Old Trafford on transfer deadline day in a late swap deal which saw United’s Swiss defender Saidy Janko complete an identical loan to the Macron Stadium.

But with Kellett making fifteen appearances following an emergency loan deal to League Two outfit Plymouth Argyle between October and January, prior to a fifty-one minute outing for Bolton against Rotherham United last week, the youngster appeared to have precluded himself from playing for a third club this season due to Fifa rules which state players can only play official games for two clubs in one campaign.

French midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is currently battling to persuade Fifa to allow him to play for Nice after signing for the club last month, but his registration has been halted due to appearances on loan for Hull City and a game for Newcastle Under-21s this season.

Kellett is free to play for United, however, due to article 5.3 in the FA’s regulations for the transfer of players which states, following a note sent to clubs on January 16, that emergency loans are not counted when assessing the number of clubs a player has represented in a season, unless he is moving abroad.

With Kellett’s transfer to Plymouth being classed as an emergency loan, his 15 games for the Home Park club do not count in terms of club’s that the defender has represented this season.

As a result, Kellett – signed primarily to play for United’s Under-21 team – will now be eligible to play for any of United’s teams this season.

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