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The Negative Impacts That Brexit Will Have on British Football and Society



Brexit and Football

As Britain continues to debate the full terms of a Brexit deal, racism within football is spiralling out of control


As we all know, Brexit has now been a long time in the making. The 2016 referendum has been dragged out during four long years by an incompetent British Government. Due to their struggles to finalise any set in-stone agreement with the European Union, British football and society is set to pay a heavy price in years to come.

The decision to leave to the European Union suggests that in the coming years, opportunities for foreign players to join the English ranks will be limited. In recent weeks, a ‘points-based system’ has been suggested, ultimately bringing to an end the free movement for players from countries that remain in the European Union to join the British football leagues. 

The Premier League has been blessed with the likes of Thierry Henry, Kevin de Bruyne, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others in years gone by. Whilst Brexit will not stop future EU-stars from joining the Premier League, it will throw greater obstacles in their way. A change that may ultimately convince such players to play their trade in other EU-countries, where English leagues have been able to attract sensational talent from all over Europe, clubs may struggle to have that same influence once the Brexit negotiations are finalised. 


Has Brexit been an influencing factor for the rise in bigotry in the UK?

Absolutely, the result of the 2016 referendum has highlighted the underlying issue that Britain has with racism, discrimination and xenophobia; especially within football. The Brexit result has seen a rise in nationalism, [that whilst in its purest nature can be great for society], has shown its ugly side within football. Since the referendum, there has been a rise by 13% in ethnic minorities having experienced overt racism in the UK. This problem extends to football, with players and fans of ethnic minorities experiencing concerning levels of racism and abuse both at games and on social media. 

The Brexit result is one that is not only dividing Britain, but is causing chaos and divisions throughout Europe as a whole. In a time where we need such unity and togetherness, the decision of 2016 will damage the status and quality of the British football league system, it will continue cause a greater divide in British society and fear for foreign players, playing in the country.


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Sam is an International Relations Graduate from the University of East Anglia. Since graduating, he has gone on to write for the likes of: Sporting Feret; The 72; and The Sporting Blog. His experience writing for Sporting Feret has provided the opportunity to join the media team at Vanarama National League side King's Lynn Town FC. In the role, he conducts player interviews, writes match previews/report,s and is heavily involved in the club's match programmes. To contact him, his email is: [email protected]


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