(From Hindustan Times)
Of all the unimportant things, football is the most important. This is a common saying in Brazil and was heard often in the aftermath of their 1-7 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-final.
In the light of Brexit, would it also echo through Britain, especially in the cocooned-with-cash bubble that the Premier League is?
Reports in the British media have said that the Premiership, by its estimates, is broadcast to 730 million homes in 185 countries. That is obviously because of the quality of the players involved and revenues could be hit should that be compromised. A BBC report on March 31, 2016, said 332 players in England and Scotland would be threatened by Brexit.
More than 100 of them would be in the Premiership, the report said. Of the 180 non-British EU footballers in Britain, only 23 would have been eligible for the work permit. A report in The Guardian said Brexit would lead to Sunderland losing all goalkeepers, Newcastle six midfielders and Swansea being down to just one attacking player.
Decent, ordinary people have won, said Nigel Farage, one of the ‘Leave’ campaigners, on Friday morning. That could leave out the Premiership clubs because they wanted to ‘Remain.’
The Premier League chairman, Richard Scudamore, had spoken about the need to ‘Remain’ as had David Beckham, who explained his decision by mentioning the help he got from European teammates as Manchester United made winning the Premiership a habit. Read more