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Foreign footballers need ID cards

Foreign footballers face having to carry an identity card to prove who they are, it has been announced.

Professionals from outside the EU playing in the UK will have to apply for a card when they renew their visas, the Home Office said.

That could include millionaire Premier League stars such as Carlos Tevez from Argentina, Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast and Brazilian Robinho. Currently holders of student and marriage visas are required to apply for a card when it expires. A total of 130,000 visas have been issued since the scheme was launched in November 2008.

But from yesterday all skilled workers, as well as religious ministers and professional sportsmen and women, are included.

Every applicant has to go to the passport office and have their fingerprints and face scan taken. Some post offices also offer the service.

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