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Amateur women's football team disbanded for lack of work permit

National News // Oct. 17, 2019

The amateur women’s football team in Lugano has been decimated by a decision by the immigration office. 

Pixabay Amateur women's football team disbanded for lack of work permit

16 players have been told they’re not allowed to play.

The women were studying in Italy as part of a football exchange programme with the United States.

Authorities say the players need a work permit, even if it’s for an amateur team. The team president says he can’t understand the decision – he asks why a student playing for no money would need a permit?

But the migration office says they do. Some of the players have already returned home.

A reduced squad did play on Saturday against Lucerne – but lost 8-nil.

 

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