ATHENS (AFP) The Greek Professional Football Players Union has called for a reduction in the number of overseas players in top flight Super League clubs. Greek players are extras in the championship of their own country. In the just concluded season, 475 players from 16 teams were used of which 261 were foreigners. The number is impressive, the union said on Wednesday. The union said that never before have so many foreign players been registered with 210 during the 2008-2009 season and 200 in the 2007-2008 season. The ratio of Greek to foreign players is higher than any other league in Europe except Austria. We have foreign footballers playing in Greece from 80 countries. Obviously, foreign players have more playing time than the Greeks. If anyone is interested in the Greek character of the championship we have to move quickly because there is no room for more lost time, the statement said. The union also claimed that the use of foreign players was costing clubs dearly in funds for contracts of players and fees for transfers as well as travel and other expenses. It said the combined budget of the 16 clubs in the league last season was 280 million euros. They said that of the major clubs champions Panathinaikos had 14 Greek and 11 foreign players on its roster, Olympiakos had 15 Greeks and 17 foreigners, AEK Athens had 12 locals and 18 foreigners, PAOK had 10 Greek and 16 foreigners and Aris had just nine Greek players and 20 from other countries. Worst of all is that each year fewer Greek youngsters with talent get playing time in the Super League. This past season no more than 30 Greek players aged 18 to 22 were used in just two or three matches. When will these young tallented players be called up to play for the national teams when they dont see playing time? the unions statement concluded.