Dutch Sport Minister Jet Bussemaker and her French counterpart have asked the European Union's executive body to take a clear position on the loaning of professional footballers to national teams, Dutch media reported Saturday.
World football's governing body FIFA is allowed to compel clubs to loan expensive professional players to national teams. But the clubs are against the FIFA ruling because players may become injured and put out of action for club matches.
The Dutch minister wants to avoid the European Court of Justice, the EU's highest court, being involved in the row over who is responsible when players get injured playing for national teams.
Bussemaker is concerned that if the court agrees that FIFA is abusing its powers, it could be end of players representing their own country in international competitions.
Two of the Netherlands' leading football clubs, Amsterdam's Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, are members of the so-called G-14, an organization that represents Europe's top clubs and that supports legal action against FIFA.
The Dutch clubs declined to comment on Bussemaker's initiative, the reports said.
"I hope that Dutch players will continue to play for the national team in the future. Because a Dutch sport club is not an international organization, but part of Dutch society," the minister was quoted by Dutch paper NRC Next as saying.