Sociedad to receive Karpin boost
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Karpin currently holds an Estonian passport and is considered one of the three non-EU players allowed by every Primera club.
However, rule changes which look certain to be introduced by the LFP (Spanish Professional League) could see his situation changed.
Following Estonia's introduction to the EU on May 1, (along with nine other countries; Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia), any player from those nations who has played in Spain for 12 months or longer will be granted EU citizenship.
Real Sociedad are pushing for confirmation of the ruling and a final decision is expected on Saturday.
If Karpin is granted citizenship it will allow the Basque outfit to bolster their squad with another 'foreign' star.