The right of citizens of European Union (“EU”) member states to move freely about Europe for employment purposes is one of the four fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the EU and in the world of football, is at the heart of the infamous Bosman ruling. With over 150 players from the EU in the Premier League alone, the question is posed of what effect a vote to leave the EU would have on English football?
Given that European footballers are afforded free movement, the FA has imposed tight restrictions on work permits to non-EU footballers in an attempt to promote home grown players. A new immigration application process was introduced by the FA in May 2015 which provides two alternate routes for non-EU players.
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