Responding to claims made by Arsene Wenger that leaving the EU could ‘stop foreign football stars moving to the UK’, UKIP’s Deputy Leader, Paul Nuttall MEP said:
“Leaving the European Union would not stop teams being able to take on top flight players from overseas. At the moment there are players coming to premiership from many countries that aren’t members of the EU, so why would it have any detrimental effect?
“Leaving the EU would also smooth the development path for home-grown players such as 18-year-old Manchester United newcomer Marcus Rashford.
“Rashford is only playing because of an injury crisis, but the problem with having so many EU players in the Premier League is that people like him usually wouldn’t be given a chance.
“The academies aren’t able to push players on to full-time contracts because they find it cheaper to recruit an established player from overseas.”