David Stewart MSP

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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Written by davidstewart

August 8, 2007 at 5:54 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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