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What could Brexit mean for the Premier League?

What could Brexit mean for the Premier League?
Published on: 23 May 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • What could Brexit mean for the Premier League?
  • What potential impact could a Brexit have for the English and Scottish Premier Leagues, which rely heavily on the recruitment of talented footballers from abroad?
  • What are the existing immigration criteria/requirements for both EU and non-EU football players to play in the UK and would the requirement for non-EU players to be a regular international player in order to gain a work permit likely extend to EU players following Brexit?
  • Would work permit rules need to be redrafted to accommodate changes to freedom of movement, how would you envisage these differing from the current requirements?
  • Could Brexit prove positive in levelling the playing field for attracting talent from abroad, and might this also provide welcome incentives for investment in grassroots football in bolstering youth talent to meet any perceived talent shortage?
  • Given the huge sponsorship and broadcasting deals in operation, are concessions likely to be made for the Premier League and those EU players who currently reside in the UK and have contracts with top clubs—will this be the same lower down the leagues?
  • Any other trends/developments in this area?

Article summary

Immigration analysis: What questions might Brexit pose for the English and Scottish Premier Leagues? Maria Patsalos, partner and expert on immigration law at Mishcon de Reya, examines the potential implications for football clubs in terms of recruiting and retaining talented international players. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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