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Penny Might Drop In -Work Permit Appeal on Friday

Penny Might Drop In -Work Permit Appeal on Friday

Sky Sports and Lancashire Telegraph today report on progress in the transfer of Diego Penny to Burnley

Coronel Bolognesi and Peruvian International keeper, Diego Penny claims that only a work permit is required for the move to go through.

'My agent is handling the negotiations with Burnley,' Penny told El Bocon

'The last thing he said to me is that the only thing that is left to be done is obtaining my work permit to be able to play in England.

'Besides that, the negotiations are going in the right way I'd prefer not talking too much about it. I have to wait and be calm.

'To tell the truth I don't want to stay. I want to leave Peru to play in a better league and to have a better way of living, a better lifestyle.

'I want to improve, so if this transfer is done it will be a very good chance.'

However reading the comments above, I am not convinced getting that work permit will be all that straightforward. We were led to believe that we would need to go to appeal for the work permit since Penny had not played enough Internationals for Peru to qualify without appealing.

An appeal to obtain a work permit is required if a player does not meet the criteria of 75% of international appearances over the past two years for his national side. These matches also have to be special games (Category A eg World Cup Qualifiers etc) with some matches such as friendlies not counting. Penny has played just two of the last nine Category A Internationals with another two on the bench. So 44% of matches compared to the 75% required?

The Lancashire Telegraph have now also highlighted that the Clarets had an initial application turned down with the club hopeful that the matter will be resolved by the Home Office panel at the Appeal this Friday.

However both player and agent seem keen to do everything in their power to bring the keeper to Turf Moor and it is refreshing to see another player with the desire to play for our club following Pato signing yesterday.

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Date:Tuesday June 24 2008
Time: 9:54AM


Bit of an odd one this, sounds like the agent is maybe not explaining to Penny the difficulty involved on the work permit side unless they all know something we dont
24/06/2008 09:57:00
We have learned a few lessons with work permits especially after Shelton, so hopefully we know what we are doing this time.
24/06/2008 10:05:00
This is exactly what we need, a few signings boost the moral and confidence of the fans around the club and move on from there. I think there is a big chance of him getting a work permit imo.
24/06/2008 10:16:00
The Lancashire Telegraph have now also highlighted that the Clarets had an initial application turned down with the club hopeful that the matter will be resolved by the Home Office panel at the Appeal this Friday.(Now added to article above)
24/06/2008 11:05:00
More background on our appeal chances courtesy of Burnley Express:It all comes down to the unpredictable process of getting UK work permits for non-European players. The rules on whether a player is granted automatic entry are straightforward. Players must have played in 75% of internationals for his country in the two years before the application, while the player's country must regularly make the top 70 FIFA world rankings. That is the easy part. However, the grey areas arise when a club disputes a permit rejection, by trying to convince an appeal board of the player's ability to make a significant contribution to the development of the English game. Peru are currently ranked 64 in the world, but Penny has not played in 75% of A-listed internationals in the last two years. He was in the Peru squad at last summer's Copa America, without making an appearance, and was again named in the panel for all four World Cup qualifiers in the Autumn. However, having not featured in the 4-0 friendly defeat against Mexico last Wednesday, he was not in the squad last week to face Columbia and Uruguay.
24/06/2008 11:30:00
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