Blatter aiming to placate Platini on foreigners quota

The president of Fifa, Sepp Blatter, will meet his counterpart at Uefa, Michel Platini, today in an attempt to settle their differences over Blatter's controversial plan to impose limits on overseas players.

Blatter has insisted for months that he would ask the Fifa congress in Sydney at the end of this month to endorse the so-called "6+5 ruling" which allows clubs to start a match with no more than five foreign players on the field.

However, the European Union has warned the rule proposed by the world governing body would conflict with its own laws on the free movement of labour, risking court action.

A source at Uefa said yesterday that Blatter would still present the idea to Fifa's 208 members in Sydney but will now ask them merely for a mandate to examine the idea further.

At home, Rochdale have failed in their bid to have David Perkins's red card overturned before the League Two play-off final against Stockport on Monday. The 25-year-old midfielder now faces a lengthy five-match ban.

Perkins was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Ricky Ravenhill during extra-time against Darlington on Saturday but Rochdale held on in the closing stages to win 5-4 on penalties to secure a date at Wembley for the first time in the club's history.

The Rochdale chairman, Chris Dunphy, said: "I am personally outraged because anyone who saw it on television could see there was no contact. We felt confident the decision could be overturned and we are now stunned."

Paul Lambert has resigned as the manager of Wycombe Wanderers three days after the club's League Two play-off semi-final defeat to Stockport. Lambert, 38, took over at Adams Park in July 2006.

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