FA TO TAKE TOUGH STANCE ON PASSPORTS

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THE FA have announced that they are to take a much stronger stance on players found to be using fraudulent documents to play in England, saying that they are determined to stamp out the scandal that has swept through the game recently.

The problem has been brought into the spotlight in recent weeks with the cases of Arsenal striker Tomas Danilevicius and Newcastle's Nolberto Solano (pictured), who were both alleged to have arrived on false Greek passports to avoid the need for a work permit, although The Gunners ace has since been given the all-clear.

FA chief executive Adam Crozier had said this week that the issue was not a major problem within the English game, but the governing body are now insisting that they will deal severely with offenders.

"The FA intends to explore every avenue available to try to eradicate problems arising around the validity of passports," said FA spokesman Adrian Bevington.

"While we are not responsible for the issuing and controlling of passports, we recognise that there are serious concerns surrounding the way they have been secured for players born outside the EU.

"We believe further dialogue with the relevant parties should be conducted as a matter of priority. The FA will not hesitate to take any appropriate action should malpractice be proven."