The potential impact of Brexit on the Premier League

Great Britain has voted in a referendum to leave the European Union which could have a large impact on the Premier League.

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Prior to this referendum numerous foreign players did not have to qualify for work-permits on the basis they held a European passport. Being part of the European Union meant you could move to any country in the EU and gain employment. 

Players who didn't found it a lot harder to get permission from the government based on work-permit restrictions. 

According to reports from British media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph, the following players would not have qualified for work permits, based on the current criteria for non-EU players, had they not had European passports. 

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Arsenal
Francis Coquelin 
Mathieu Flamini
Mikel Arteta
Hector Bellerin
Nacho Monreal
Tomas Rosicky
Laurent Koscielny
Serge Gnabry

Bournemouth
Artur Boruc
Sylvain Distin
Joshua King


Burnley
Stephen Ward
Rouwen Hennings

Chelsea
Loic Remy
Kurt Zouma
Marco Amelia

Crystal Palace
Brede Hangeland


Everton
Gerard Deulofeu
Joel Robles

Hull City
Dusan Kuciak
Brian Lenihan
David Meyler

Leicester City
N'Golo Kante
Marcin Wasilewski
Robert Huth

Liverpool
Emre Can
Alberto Moreno
Jose Enrique
Adam Bogdan
Simon Mignolet
Dejan Lovren
Mamadou Sakho
Tiago Ilori
Joao Carlos Teixeira

Manchester City
Jesús Navas 
Bacary Sagna
Eliaquim Mangala
Gaël Clichy

Manchester United
Anthony Martial 
Ander Herrera 
Adnan Januzaj 
David de Gea 
Morgan Schneiderlin
Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Middlesbrough
Dimi Konstantopoulos 
Tomas Mejias
Michael Agazzi
Damia Abella 
Daniel Sanchez Ayala
Tomas Kalas 
Enrique Sola

Southampton
Juanmi
Oriol Romeu
Jose Fonte
Virgil van Dijk 
Maarten Stekelenburg
Florin Gardos
Jordy Clasie


Stoke City
Bojan Krkic
Joselu
Erik Pieters 
Marc Muniesa
Philipp Wollscheid
Jakob Haugaard
Ibrahim Afellay
Giannelli Imbula
Dionatan Teixeira

Sunderland
Fabio Borini
Ola Toivonen
Yann M'Vila
Patrick van Aanholt
Younes Kaboul
Vito Mannone
Jan Kirchhoff 
Jeremain Lens


Swansea City 
Bafétimbi Gomis
Angel Rangel
Jordi Amat
Kristoffer Nordfeldt
Leroy Fer
Alberto Palosch

Tottenham Hotspur
Kevin Wimmer
Michel Vorm

Watford
Mario Suarez
Jose Manuel Jurado
Obbi Oulare
Jose Holebas
Etienne Capoue
Nathan Aké
Steven Berghuis
Joel Ekstrand 
Costel Pantilimon


West Ham United
Dimitri Payet
Pedro Obiang
Angelo Ogbonna
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In the immediate future all current contracts will be honored and the working permits system will be reformed over the next two years. Further repercussions could arise as a result of the British Pound devaluing, which it has done so rapidly in the hours since the referendum which could result in players demanding higher wages and foreign clubs demanding more money for the transfer of players.  

The current regulations state: 

  • Footballers for national associations ranked between 1 and 10 of the FIFA Aggregated World Rankings to have played at least 30% of competitive international matches (FIFA World Cup finals, FIFA World Cup qualifying groups, FIFA Confederations Cup, and continental cup qualifiers and finals (e.g. UEFA European Championships and qualifiers) in the 24 months (or 12 months for players under 21) before the transfer;
  • Footballers for national associations ranked 11-20 of the FIFA Aggregated World Rankings to have played at least 45% of games;
  • Footballers for national Associations ranked 21-30 to have played at least 60%;
  • Footballers for national associations ranked 31-50 to have played at least 75%.


 
Players that meet these criteria are automatically granted a work permit. Exceptions can be made if they do not, but the transfer must be approved by a panel who takes into account such as transfer fee, a player’s salary and the number of matches played in one of the top six European leagues and in continental competitions such as the Champions League.
 



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Published 24 June 2016 at 4:48pm
By Nick Stoll