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Highland MSP hails victory for Caley Thistle striker

Highlands and Islands regional Labour MSP has hailed today’s decision by a Home Office work permit appeals tribunal to grant a work permit to Inverness Caley Thistle player Marius Niculae, as a victory for common sense.

The Romanian player was recently signed by the Inverness club but his initial application for a work permit was refused as he failed to meet one of the criteria set for footballers from abroad working in the UK.

Last Friday, Mr Stewart launched an on-line petition which has accumulated almost 1,800 signatures, including contributions from abroad.

Mr Stewart a keen Caley Thistle supporter and club trustee said, “This is great news for the club and Inverness.

“Marius is a talented and experienced player who has a vital role to play in the future of Inverness Caley Thistle.

“Those considering his appeal today have thankfully looked at all the facts and the precedents, already set by other footballers from abroad, who have been granted work permits.

“The outcome is a victory for common sense.

“I would particularly like to thank all those who took the time to sign the on-line petition for Marius.

“I knew it would draw a good response but I was delighted by the final figure of almost 1,800 signatures, since last Friday. It confirms the level of support Marius and the club enjoys in the local community.

“I am now looking forward to seeing Marius playing in his first team game for Inverness Caley Thistle. “

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August 8, 2007 at 5:54 pm

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Marius appeal : Highland MSP calls for further support

 

Highlands and Islands Regional Labour MSP David Stewart has made a further call for support for Inverness Caley Thistle signing Marius Niculae, whose initial application for a work permit was refused by the Home Office.

Mr Stewart, a keen Caley Thistle supporter and club trustee said, “When Marius recently signed for the club, like many fans, I was delighted given his experience and talent as a player, which included playing for Romania’s national team on 28 occasions.

“However, Marius did not meet a Home Office requirement for a footballer’s work permit and his application was refused – as he has not played for his country in at least 75% of its competitive ‘A’ team matches, during the two years preceding the application.

“The refusal of the work permit was based on guidelines for an initial application but I am aware that there have been many precedents of even internationally unknown non-EU players with no links to the UK being granted work permits.

“Last Friday I launched an e-petition in support of Marius seeking signatures from Inverness Caley Thistle supporters.

“The response was tremendous and the site has now logged over 1,400 on-line signatures.

“Maruis’s work permit application is now subject of an appeal tomorrow (Wednesday) and I would again call on all Caley Thistle fans, to not only sign the petition themselves, but to encourage family and friends to do likewise.

“I also wrote to Jacqui Smith, a former Westminster colleague and current Home Secretary calling on her to intervene to support Marius’s case.

“I would hope that when the appeal tribunal sits that they examine all the facts of the case closely, including precedents already set and the level of support for Marius in and around Inverness.

“Marius has a key role to play in Caley Thistle’s future and deserves our support.

“I trust common sense will win the day tomorrow and a work permit be granted. “

The on-line petition can be accessed at

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/mariusniculaeappeal/

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August 7, 2007 at 10:41 am

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MSP supports Niculae permit appeal

david08062007.jpgHighlands and Islands Regional Labour MSP David Stewart is supporting the appeal of Inverness Caley Thistle signing Marius Niculae, who has had his initial application for a work permit refused by the Home Office.

Mr Stewart, a keen Caley Thistle supporter and club trustee said, “I have been approached by the club regarding the situation Marius now finds himself in.

“When Marius recently signed for the club, like many fans, I was delighted as he is a player of stature, experience and talent who has represented Romania on 28 occasions, scoring 12 goals.

This is the club’s most significant signing yet and shows the clear ambition of Inverness Caley Thistle to progress further up the SPL to the top six.

“I have looked at the Home Office conditions which have to be met for the granting of a work permit for a footballer in Marius’s circumstances; one is that the player’s home country must be within the top 70 of FIFA’s world rankings.

“Romania’s national team’s position meets this requirement. Another condition is that the player must have played for his country in at least 75% of its competitive ‘A’ team matches, during the two years preceding the application.

“Despite his international record as a player Marius, unfortunately, does not meet this requirement.

“These are however only guidelines for an initial application and I am aware there have been many precedents of even internationally unknown non-EU players with no links to the UK being granted work permits.

“The application by Marius will now go to appeal and the important thing now is to gather support for the legal team to use at the hearing.

“With this in mind I have today launched an e-petition and would encourage all Inverness Caley Thistle fans to not only sign the petition themselves, but to encourage family and friends to do likewise.

“The petition can be accessed at :

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/mariusniculaeappeal/

Mr Stewart added, “I have also written to Jacqui Smith, a former Westminster colleague and current Home Secretary calling on her to intervene to support Marius’s case. “I would hope that when the appeal tribunal sits that they examine all the facts of the case closely, including precedents already set and the level of support for Marius in and around Inverness.

Marius is very keen to play for Caley Thistle whose management are delighted to have secured the signing.

“He undoubtedly has a key role to play in the club’s future.

“I hope common sense prevails and his appeal is successful.”

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August 3, 2007 at 8:10 am

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