|Tskitishvili`s Work Permit Rejected|
|Written by Lasha|
|Friday, 01 February 2008 14:14|
Unfortunately no second Georgian in this season`s English Premier League
Birmingham have failed in their efforts to sign Georgian midfielder Levan Tskitishvili after his request for a work permit was turned down.
The Blues had hoped to sign the 31-year-old free agent on loan until the end of the season.
Boss Alex McLeish even travelled to the Football Association's headquarters to put forward the case for the Georgian.
"We haven't received permission so that's a disappointment," said coach Roy Aitken. "That's dead and buried now, there's no right of appeal so it's finished with."
Tskitishvili has played for Dinamo Tbilisi, Freiburg and Wolfsburg and has won over 50 caps for Georgia.
He was recently released by Greek side Panionios and trained with Locomotive Tbilisi to stay in shape.
This is already the second case of a Georgian international not being allowed to sign with a British club after Gogita Gogua`s transfer to Scottish Hearts of Midlothian collapsed last year exactly because of the same reasons.
|Last Updated on Friday, 01 February 2008 19:23|