London - England
football great Gary Lineker led a host of sports stars expressing their anger
at Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union on Friday.
practical level there was confusion over what the EU exit would mean for
foreign players, not only in the lucrative English Premier League, but also in
cricket and rugby union.
lawyers say it is crucial that Britain negotiates successfully to remain part
of Europe's single market, which enshrines freedom of movement.
to do so could lead to an exodus of foreign talent and also restrictions on
could also lose the right to sign young players under the age of 18. At the
moment, they can carry out such deals under a special arrangement between
football world governing body FIFA and the EU.
though, was more concerned about what impact the vote would have on his four
55-year-old former Barcelona and England striker blasted the 50+ generation -
the majority of whom voted to leave - for letting down the young.
ashamed of my generation," tweeted Lineker, whose middle name is Winston
in honour of World War II leader Winston Churchill and whose birthday he
let down our children and their children," said Lineker.
not a time for triumphalism. Not a time for division. Not a time for hatred.
It's a time for change. A time for calm. A time in history."
Liverpool and England defender, and father of two, Jamie Carragher, a Champions
League winner in 2005, also aimed his vitriol at the 50+ generation.
vote for (UKIP leader Nigel) Farage, (Leave figurehead) Boris (Johnson) & a
recession, well done to the over 50s for thinking of the future!," tweeted
the 38-year-old, who since retiring splits his time between TV punditry and
Irish golf superstar Rory McIlroy cheekily suggested going back to January 1
and starting the whole year over again.
Ireland was one of the few geographical regions - London and Scotland being
the other two - where a majority of voters wished to remain.
#Brexit and the way the US presidential race is going.... Can we take a
mulligan on 2016??," tweeted the 27-year-old four-time major champion,
using the golfing term to retake a shot.
terms of the effect on foreign playing talent in English football, Football
Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke - a pro-Remain campaigner - said it would
take a while to assess the impact.
could take two years to really know, but there could be quite an impact on
English football because of Brexit," he said.
would be a shame if some of the great European players can't come here but I
don't think that will happen. Whether the total number reduces will depend on
the terms of the exit."
Lowen, a partner at a leading specialist sports law firm, said staying in the
single market was essential to ensure the Premier League remained competitive
in the transfer market for foreign talent.
if at the end of the future negotiations over exiting the EU Britain did not
succeed in remaining a member then all bets were off.
extent of the impact "will be dependent in part on the terms of the
renegotiated relationship with the EU. If we remain within the single market
and accept freedom of movement as a result, the position may not change
the other hand, if there is no freedom of movement, it will be left to the UK
government to determine the work permit rules that apply to players with EU