Arsene Wenger believes that Brexit could damage the Premier League and might return it to the type of league we watched before he arrived in England.
In 1992, Sky Sports revolutionised how we consume football. Then, along came Arsene Wenger a few years later who changed how the game was played and prepared for in the country.
He was known throughout his time at Arsenal for making predictions that were often scoffed at only to be shown to be true further down the line, so when the Frenchman speaks on matters many other managers know little about, we should listen.
This is his Brexit warning, not that those supporting Brexit will care.
“Certainly, subconsciously maybe for some people, Brexit was to regain some sovereignty of their own destiny – and football is completely the reverse, Wenger said on the first day of the Golden Coach Congress.
“When I arrived, English football belonged to English people. Today, the English Premier League belongs to foreign people.
“How will that change? That will depend on how Brexit will be applied.
“Will people in Europe be considered as foreign players who cannot play in the Premier League?
“If rules are restrictive, they will kill the superiority of the Premier League as it depends on worldwide exposure, with the best players and worldwide ownership.”
There has been a lot of talk about restrictions on the number of foreigners in the Premier League post-Brexit and it seems unlikely that the government will refuse to ask/order the sport to act to show the UK is ‘taking back control’ of something it always had control over in the first place.
Getting control over people who think the best way to protect a statue of Winston Churchill is to do so by rioting and flashing Nazi salutes while displaying Nazi tattoos, however, might prove a bit more difficult…