Why even the Premier League should worry about Brexit | CNBC Sports

Why even the Premier League should worry about Brexit | CNBC Sports


Talk of Brexit has dominated the news
cycle for what seems like an eternity. But surely Premier League soccer fans
have been able to take a break from all the politics and infighting just so
they can follow the teams they love, right? No, it seems even soccer is caught in the
middle of this giant political divorce. Even before the Premier League
was formed back in 1992, foreign players have been lighting up football
stadiums across England for decades. Iconic players throughout the 1990s and 2000s
assisted their teams with winning league titles, including Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester
United, France’s Thierry Henry at Arsenal and Argentina’s Sergio Aguero
at Manchester City. With their help, the Premier League soon established
itself as the pinnacle of football leagues. Let’s go back to the very first weekend of
Premier League fixtures in August 1992. Players from 13 non-U.K.
nations were on the pitch. And of the 273 players from the 22 original
teams, 199 were eligible to play for England. Fast forward that to
figures from August 2018. Only 86 of 279 players
qualified as English, with the remaining 193 originating
from 55 different nations. A total of 110 non-U.K. countries have
had players play in the Premier League, with France flying its flag as the
most represented with 206 players. Players have come from as far and wide as
the Faroe Islands and the Seychelles. And Chelsea holds the international crown,
using 157 players from outside the U.K. So, it’s easy to see then how the Premier
League became reliant on foreign imports. And with over two-thirds of current Premier
League players hailing from outside of the U.K., Brexit will most certainly
usher in changes. Let’s look at an example. North London club Arsenal used 28
players during the 2018/2019 season. More than 70% of those players, 20 to
be exact, are from outside the U.K. But most of them – 80% – are
from inside the European Union. So with EU nationals making up much of Arsenal’s
squad, what happens to those players? To work out what could take place, let’s
look at the current rules, pre-Brexit. Right now, EU nationals over the
age of 18 can be transferred freely between teams to play
professionally in Britain. This is because of the EU right
to freedom of movement. Players from outside the union,
however, they need a work permit. Currently, non-EU players have to meet certain
criteria before they can join a Premier League club. Now, if the Premier League, the English Football
Association and the British government can’t come up with a post-Brexit deal,
the FA has warned European players that they’ll have to meet
those same requirements. Every non-EU player has to successfully apply
for a Governing Body Endorsement, or GBE, from the FA before the U.K. Home Office
will even consider issuing that work permit. In order to qualify for that, the player must be
“internationally established at the highest level.” That means they have to have played
a number of competitive games for their national teams
in the last two years. But how many games depends on
the ranking of their national teams. For the top 10 teams in the Fifa
rankings, it’s at least 30% of games. 11 to 20 on Fifa rankings,
it rises to 45%. 21 to 30, it jumps to 60%. And for teams ranked between
31 to 50 by Fifa, it’s at least 75%. Let’s assume that criteria had
applied to EU nationals. Arsenal may have struggled to sign
one of its biggest ever signings, Alexandre Lacazette. Lacazette, who cost Arsenal
$65 million dollars in 2017, had only been capped 11
times for France at that time. That falls short of the FA’s requirements
to automatically qualify for a GBE. That means Arsenal would’ve had to appeal
to something called the Exceptions Panel, where he would have probably edged through
due to his large transfer fee and wages. Meaning while it wouldn’t have meant a no go.
It definitely would have meant a lot more work. And it’s not just the current generation of
players that may be affected by Brexit. Premier League clubs may also lose access to
EU players between the ages of 16 and 18 as well. While Fifa’s Article 19 prevents players
under the age of 18 from being transferred from one country to another, transfers
within the European Union are allowed. That means Spaniards like Hector Bellerin and Cesc
Fabregas were able to join Arsenal when they were 16. But this would pose
a problem post-Brexit. It’s estimated 20 percent of players in
Premier League academies are non-British. To add another hurdle, the Football
Association has also proposed cutting the number of non-homegrown players
allowed in each squad down from 17 to 13. The Premier League has
pushed back on that. But overall, it’s estimated that more
than 150 EU Premier League players would soon find it tough to get visas, if
freedom of movement was restricted. There’s always the possibility of a special
exemption deal for footballers, that would give them the same treatment
as entertainers and musicians. But if EU players are not exempt from the rules
currently applied to players from outside the EU, the Football Association may be inundated with appeals
as clubs fight to hold onto their star players. Hi guys, Adam here.
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43 Replies to “Why even the Premier League should worry about Brexit | CNBC Sports”

  1. watch the quality of pl go down. PL's next proposed deal is already gonna be below the current deal. Only top teams will be able to sign good foreign players. Less cash from tv rights and less access to quality footballers.

  2. Why dont u worry about your own country..
    CNBC is a clickbait news agency and likes to cover clickbait topics,
    Dont you worry Football is safe

  3. Is this bloke trying out to be an American? FOOTBALL not soccer. As for Brexit harming it, just go away you pillock.

  4. Gotta love the fearmongering of Brexit by the MSM. Can't you all see that we've been had? The alternative to Brexit is now fealty to the European Empire, there is no alternative. It's too late to just "not leave". Leaving the EU will not be without repercussion obviously, but when the alternative is essentially surrendering Britain over to the dictatorship of Brussels, ripping off the Brexit Band-aid should be the clear choice for anyone with a brain.

    Honestly, it's shameful to see such blatant political propaganda coming from a country's news platforms. Shameful, but not surprising, you dirty dirty smear merchants.

    Vote Brexit, or peaceful resistance will be made impossible, illegal, by the tyrants that seek to rule you all. God speed.

  5. Alright, alright. You guys win. Moving forward, Adam will never refer to football as soccer again. 😏

  6. At least now UK can focus on homegrown talent instead of silly imports 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

  7. WOW, EU players would have to apply for a work permit, that must be a really stressful process, mean while, younger players may also get more game time instead of this silly money being spent, I also heard that they were looking at slightly reducing the number of foreign players for Premier League teams after Brexit…

  8. What a load of Shite stirring , there is going to be no difference, EU. needs us more than we need them, so we will probably end up with no tariffs and open Borders, or the EU will collapse. Plus I don't think Sport is more important than a country.

  9. Give the English kids a chance to many foreigne players at the moment it is not English football, owned by foreigners, managed by foreigners, and played by foreigners

  10. we might get a england team that can compete. if they so want to play in england why dont they then as in cricket dont they play for there wage payers country

  11. Is this based on the thought that most brexititeers are dumb football fans. More scaremongering bullshit. Leave means leave

  12. Hilarious! I thought these sort of infantile Project Fear stories had finished, but obviously I was wrong.

  13. The English Premier League???? Are there actually any English players in The English Premier League? Perhaps leaving the Vile EU and restricting the amount of forign players a team can have will actually give WHITE British kids a Chance FOR a change after all they have been the victims of blatant Racism by the Racist Socialist dominated establishment for the last 40 year purely because they have white skin. So, you vile Left wing Low IQl SJW SCUM at CNBC … Go, FUCK YOURSELVES you racist twats!

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