With the exit of United Kingdom from the European Union, EU, one of the most popular football league in the world, English Premiership, EPL, may not be the same again.
“Given the uncertain nature of what the political and regulatory landscape might by following the ‘Leave’ vote, there is little point in second guessing the implications until there is greater clarity.
“Clearly, we will work with the government and other bodies whatever the outcome of any process,” Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore who voted for UK to remain in EU said on Friday.
The likely implication is that the movement of players from Europe to Premiership will be restricted just as non-EU players.
It would be recalled that the Home Office set criteria for non-EU players to come to English football, demanding that they must have played in a certain percentage of their national team’s matches over the two years prior to their application.
It means that talented players who have not played required numbers of matches for their national teams may find it difficult to gain entry to work in the UK. The likes of French N’Golo Kanté who was solid in premiership-champion Leicester’s mid-field and his compatriot Dimitiri Payet of West Ham.
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Another area which could be impacted is youth players moving freely within the EU when aged 16-18. Under FIFA rules, no players can cross borders under the age of the 18 but in the EU that was not the case.
If Britain had never been in the EU and these rules had always been in place, Cristiano Ronaldo would not have played for Man U at a young age. So also Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas who joined Arsenal before they turned 18 years.