Related

Article

Alex´s Chelsea switch on hold

31 July 2007 13:44

LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea face a nervous wait to see if Brazil defender Alex will be given a work permit after he was unable to link up with his new club.

Alex had flown into London to join Jose Mourinho's squad ahead of their friendly against Brondby, but he did not make it past immigration officials at Heathrow Airport due to a wrangle over his papers.

Although the 25-year-old could have entered the country he would not have been able to work and opted to return to Brazil while Chelsea try to rush through his permit application.

Alex has been on loan at Dutch side PSV Eindhoven for the last three seasons while Chelsea waited for him to make enough international appearance to be eligable for the permit.

British Home Office regulations state a player must have featured in 75 percent of their country's full internationals over two years, but Alex has played in less than 60 percent.

Despite the legal confusion, Chelsea remain confident Alex will be given the green light to move to Stamford Bridge.

The club statement said: "Alex was due to arrive into England on Sunday to discuss personal terms.

"Chelsea Football Club are in the process of applying for a work permit for the player in line with normal football and employment procedure.

"At airport immigration there was a request to clarify Alex's current status. All of the paperwork for his entry was in order.

"After an initial delay, he was cleared to enter the country. He chose voluntarily to fly back but will return when necessary."

Sponsored links

Friday 25 July

Thursday 24 July

23:47
23:42
22:53
21:24
21:18
21:12
20:43
19:37
19:20
19:02
18:50
18:36
18:32
18:06
17:42
16:42
16:30
16:14
16:10
15:58
15:34
15:18
15:13
15:04
14:16
14:11
14:04
13:44
13:15
12:56
12:27
12:00
11:36
11:04
10:55
10:43
09:29
09:05
08:13
08:05
07:38
07:07
07:04
07:04
06:27
06:22
05:11
05:05
05:02
04:39
03:34
03:34
03:04
02:53
01:47
01:20
00:31
00:23

Wednesday 23 July

23:40
22:41
22:22
22:18
21:59
21:44
21:41
21:30
21:21
21:02
20:53
20:21
19:55
19:15
19:04
18:20
18:17
17:57
17:44
17:22
17:01
17:00
17:00
16:54
16:47
16:33
16:17
15:44
15:28
14:23
14:04
13:56
13:40
13:37
12:32
12:23
12:01
11:56
11:18
10:51
09:50
09:36
09:19
08:16
07:05
07:04
07:02
06:37
06:11
04:50
04:48
04:31
04:17
04:15
03:25
02:36
01:40
01:33
01:15

Facebook