The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union may likely affect both the movement of players into and out of the Premier League analysts have warned.
It is also feared that the Brexit will increase the cost for the league’s 20 clubs when it attempts to negotiate deals for new players and in the future In terms of work visas, Sky Sports reports that 432 European players were registered last season to play in the Premier League.
However, it will take more than two years before their work status is affected. Roughly a day removed from the vote’s final result, it remains unclear when Britons will have to exchange their EU passports for new ones. But new players may now have to abide by rules applied to players from non-EU member countries.
Those guidelines stipulate a player from a top-10 ranked nation must have played in 30 percent of matches in the two years before applying for a work permit in the U.K., and the percentage climbs to 45 percent for players from nations ranked 11-20, 60 percent for countries ranked 21-30 and 75 percent for those ranked 31-50.
Summer is the time when UEFA domestic leagues retool and scour the globe for new players; however, British players in the Premier league hoping to take advantage of a new opportunity abroad will find things difficult.
Similar to foreign players currently in the Premier League, Brits like Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale will have to abide by Spain’s quota laws regarding players and now Los Blancos will have to sell off one player since only three “non-EU stars” are allowed on the 25-man roster, Metro reported. But transfers mostly likely won’t be affected by Brexit.
“The European clubs don’t want to lose the English clubs any more than the English clubs want to lose the European clubs as trade partners,” Szymanski said.
“I would suggest the most likely outcome is that Britain continues to remain in the EU economic area as part of the trading bloc and then become something like Norway or Switzerland, which have free movement of labor into and out of the EU. In that situation, absolutely nothing changes about the status of soccer players in the U.K.”