Football...and the two members of Argentina's World Cup winning team who signed up with Britain's?
GV Spurs (in white) and Antwerp (in red) walk onto field with No.7 Ricardo Villa and Osvaldo Ardiles (No.8) PAN TO crowd, some waving British flags.
PAN FROM Villa TO Ardiles on field posing for cameras.
GV Villa passing ball out to wing and runs to receive pass and balk played into centre as Ardiles receives it. Spurs lose position as Antwerp attack, and shoot wide of goal post.
GV Ardiles picks up pass and builds up attack.
GV Peter Taylor (Spurs) attacking Antwerp defence. Moores (Spurs) heads into goal.
GV Villas in possession and builds up attack.
GV Hoddle (No.4) takes penalty and scores for spurs
The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) says its main objection to imported players is that they rob English footballers of jobs. The PFA says it can do nothing about players from countries from the European Economic Community as they have a right to play in England. But too many foreign players would impede the development of young British players, according to the PFA.
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Background: Football...and the two members of Argentina's World Cup winning team who signed up with Britain's Tottenham Hotspurs had a chance to show their mettle on Tuesday (8 August). The two Argentines, Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa, contributed to their team's 3-1 victory against Royal Antwerp in Belgium. Tottenham Hotspurs recently paid 1,425,000 U.S. dollars for the two midfield players. The transfer deal was described as one of the most spectacular and unexpected in the history of British football.
SYNOPSIS: As the two Argentines walked onto the field in Antwerp to make their debut, they were greeted by a small, but enthusiastic, crowd of British supporters.
Ardiles and Villa appeared to be pleased to be part of an English team. Earlier, they had described britain as the cradle of world football, but said the money had played an important role in their decision to leave Argentina. The acquisition of the two Argentines was controversial and Britain's Professional Footballers' Association said it feared an influx of overseas players.
Antwerp were unable to challenge Tottenham Hotspurs' domination of Tuesday's game, although Ardiles was clearly suffering from lack of training and had to be pulled off the field at half-time. The London side scored in the 18th minute of the game, and again two minutes later.
Overall, the two 25-year-old midfielders acquitted themselves well and Tottenham's manager said afterwards that he was please with their performance. But, with several other English clubs now in the market for foreign stars, the British government has placed a temporary ban on further imports until further discussions with English football authorities.