Soccer players now far into the category of skilled workers, and must pass the same requirements as everyone else.
But get this. Italians, Germans, Frenchmen and other Europeans that don't speak English don't have to worry about it. They're in the EU.
This appears to be targeted solely to Africans and, less so, South Americans.
I love this part:
Liam Byrne, the Immigration minister, said the Government thought "long and hard" about exempting South American and African stars from the rules, but decided that would be "un-British". He added: "Most of them will be well-off enough to afford a decent language teacher.""Un-British?" Well done chaps.
They're just spilling over with arrogance, especially by suggestion they'll all be rich enough to afford the lessons.
DoD and SbB tipped me off to this one.