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Interesting developments in the #Brexit front as government released yesterday plans on citizens’ rights in event of #NoDeal gov.uk/guidance/europ…
With this, we have now 2 clear scenarios in relation to team sport, football and @premierleague. Those players already in UK by 29/03, so signed before Thursday, should be allowed to stay in UK and have same rights as British players. No quotas for them or work permits.
In case of #NoDeal, clubs could sign European players after Brexit date, and those would have equal rights to British players, but only until January 1st 2021, at which point they will be subject to any new inmigration and quota scheme set by FA/Government.
Clubs need to be very careful which players they sign in the summer, therefore, as they might not qualify to play beyond January 2021. Would a player come to UK on a 18 months contract?
Would the FA clarify their thinking for the future scheme in time, so clubs can plan accordingly?
Of course, if current deal is adopted, situation will change as settled status would be available to those arriving at least until the end of the transition period, which currently is December 2020. Real difference is that during those 18 months clubs could sign any player.
Still, let’s remember that either #Deal or #Nodeal ALL players that are EEA nationals currently employed and living in UK should be allowed to stay and play in same conditions (no subjects to quotas), as long as they apply and obtain settled status of course.
So for example @NFFC romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon will be allowed to stay irrespective of his status in regards to FA’s wirk permit regime.
Needless to say, still much uncertainty as (1) we have no idea what will happen with #Brexit, and (2) we do not know the FA’s thinking regarding EAA players in Britain.
What we do not know, though, is what will happen to British players abroad, such as Jadon Sancho at @BVB, in case of #NoDeal. It will very much depend on bi-lateral agreements. And even in that case, they would not be theoretically to move freely.
It is hypothetical and highly unlikely, but a player like Sancho might not be able to sign for an Italian club as an EU player from @BVB for example.
Although of course, again, the real effect of #NoDeal for sport would be economic. Up to 8% reduction in GDP would impact professional and amateur sport. Reduction in funding at local level could severely hit levels of physical activity.
And for the professional game, likely reduction in attendance, TV and OTT subscriptions could devalue the commercial value of competitions.
But, hey, you would have control back! So, smile! 😃
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