FOOTBALL chiefs have sent Ministers a ‘save our stars’ plea ahead of Britain leaving the EU, we can reveal.
Premier League boss Richard Scudamore has written to the Brexit Secretary about attracting global talent after Brexit.
The hard-hitting comments emerged in a letter to Dominic Raab detailing one of Britain’s “most recognised exports”, resulting in £3.3billion in tax for the Treasury each year.
In the missive, Mr Scudamore said that “we are certain if the right decisions are taken, we can thrive in post-Brexit Britain”.
He added: “However, we can also see how things can worsen if collectively we get these things wrong”.
Scudamore adds that attracting star names is key to success. He also described how the government could use the popular brand as leverage to “help forge a new role for Britain in the world”.
Talks are on-going between Whitehall officials and league bosses about access to top European talent after Britain leave the EU in March next year.
There are concerns within the game on potential restrictions on clubs signing European players and possible quotas for homegrown players.
Research has shown that the Premier League makes people feel more positive about this country than any other British brand.
In a poll of 20,000 people, a staggering 68 per cent of people said the PL makes them feel better about the country.
It is also the most watched league in the world beamed into more than a billion homes in 189 countries.
A spokesman for the Premier League last night said: “Like many other organisations dependent on a combination of domestic and international talent, we are waiting to better understand what the political and regulatory landscape will be after the UK leaves the European Union.
“Access to talented footballers from across Europe has played a key part in the growth of the Premier League, with match attendance and global interest increasing significantly as high quality foreign players have taken their place in the competition with and against the best British and Irish players.
“We have held positive discussions with Government about the importance of access to European players for our clubs, and the many cultural and economic benefits a globally popular Premier League brings to the UK.”
A government spokesman said: “We recognise the need for sports, including football, to continue to access talent from the EU and globally and are in ongoing discussions with professional sport about this.
“After we leave the EU, the UK will continue to be the open country it has always been. We will have in place an immigration system that delivers control over who comes to the UK, but that welcomes the brightest and best who want to work hard and contribute.”