Parish said he believes the Government will step in. “The Government, not the FA, issue work permits and I’m sure they will want to build on the global success of the Premier League and help build better national squads,” he said. “Brexit for football is a no-brainier and an easy win win for all parties. The league, the FA and the economy.”
With the Premier League and FA failing to break a deadlock in discussions, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, which has been advising Government and working with sporting bodies, said the need to formulate a clear plan for all domestic sport is urgent. The Home Office published a Policy Paper in December providing assurances that Europeans currently playing in the UK will have their citizenship protected.
In return for easing the points system, the FA has been asking the Premier League to agree to a limit of 13 non-homegrown players. The current level is 17, and it is likely the league and governing body will eventually need to agree to reach a compromise figure.
The Government has told the FA that “all players whether from within or without the European Economic Area (EEA) must be treated the same.
“It is of course possible a compromise may be found to mitigate this impact,” said Leigh Thompson, of the Sport and Recreation Alliance.