Extract: How Brexit Could Affect British Football

Extract: How Brexit Could Affect British Football

Brexit has caused shockwaves throughout non only the UK, or Europe itself, but worldwide. It may seem trite to talk about it’s ramifications for football, but don’t forget that the Premier League is one of the UK’s biggest markets, relying heavily on imports and exports across Europe.

Namely, what could Brexit mean for football in the UK?

Back in April, Squawka Football spoke to a number of experts about the potential ramifications leaving the EU would have on British football.

It appears that leaving the EU, or at least the the European Economic Area (EEA), could make it harder for British clubs to sign foreign players.

“In the event that Britain leaves the EU, young players will not be able to move from the EU to English clubs under the age of 18 years and so clubs here will not have access to a significant pool of talent.” said Andrew Osborne, a partner specialising in immigration at Lewis Silkin LLP, a London-based law firm to Squawka.

“Young players from the EU are unlikely to be able to qualify for a work permit and so, again clubs here will be limited in the players they recruit.”

As Garbielle Marcotti explains for ESPN, Article 19 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players bans the transfer of minors, defined as players under the age of 18. There are three exceptions. One: kids moving for non-football reasons (like a parent getting a job in a new country); two: youngsters residing near a border; and three: transfers of minors between the age of 16 and 18 within the EU or EEA.

This means players like Adnan Januzaj and, previously, Cesc Fabregas would not have been able to transfer over to the UK if Britain had left the EU earlier. City AM have a full breakdown of what players at each Premier League club would not have qualified to play in the Premier League.

You can read the full article here, on Sports Joe written by Carl Anka on the consequences of Brexit on English football.

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