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Burnley FC chairman warns Brexit could damage British Football

Mike Garlick HAS spoken out in support of holding a referendum on the outcome of the exit negotiations. Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport/ PA

The chairman of Burnley football club has warned that top-flight football is at risk of being damaged by Brexit.

Mike Garlick warned that the end of freedom of movement and the fall in the value of the pound will harm British clubs.

Voters in Burnley overwhelmingly backed Brexit.

67%
of voters in Burnley backed leaving the EU

Mike Garlick has now spoken out in support of holding a referendum on the outcome of the exit negotiations.

The Burnley boss said: "The destructive Brexit path being pursued by the Government threatens to have a hugely damaging effect on football clubs across the country."

It threatens to make the widening inequality gap in our top division even worse.

The hit to the value of the pound against the euro, largely caused by Brexit uncertainty, is already making it harder for clubs to sign players.

– Mike Garlick, Chairman of Burnley FC

He added that "ending freedom of movement will make it much more difficult for teams to attract the right talent, if the Government brings in more restrictive conditions for work visas for players from Europe."