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The World Of Sport Reacts To Brexit

The World Of Sport Reacts To Brexit

We have woken up this morning to the absolutely massive news that Britain has decided to leave the EU. This will have implications for many areas of life: travel, work, trade-but, most importantly of course, sport. For example, football transfers now metamorphose into a wholly different creature. Players may have to have played a certain number of international games to be able to get a transfer into the Premier League, for instance.

The world of sport has had its say this morning on Twitter. And most figures, especially those involved in football, seem rather displeased with the outcome. Jamie Carragher, for example, was not a happy bunny.

His Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville didn't entirely approve either-having played with Cristiano Ronaldo in his early years at United, Neville can appreciate the effect this will have on Premier League clubs trying to acquire exciting young talent from further afield.

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Kevin Doyle was another young player who transferred into England at a young age along with Shane Long-this vote now raises question marks over the transfer of young Irish players into the Premier League. But for now, the Wexford target man is just confused.

Meanwhile for Kevin Kilbane, he was living a reality worse than his miss against Spain in 2002.

Gary Lineker had a reaction similar to the one he had against Ireland in 1990. Only this time, rubbing his arse along the ground isn't going to solve the problem. For all the criticism that he is bland on TV, Lineker never shies away from expressing his opinion on social media.

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To other sports now. Rory McIlroy may be slightly relieved that the furore surrounding the vote has taken the attention away from his decision not to represent Ireland at the Olympics this summer. Nevertheless, he isn't best pleased.

Finally, from the world of GAA, former Armagh captain and now pundit Jarlath Burns raised an interesting comparision between how the vote was conducted and how the GAA operates. Though one knows things are bad when the GAA is being held up as a yardstick of democratic progressiveness.

Cillian Sheridan meanwhile, has his eyes on the real prize at the end of EU rainbow.

We bet that none of those brexiters even gave a single thought to the fact that they'd have to wait at the back of the baggage carousel after going through the non-EU queue.

It's only right that we leave the final word on this to Jermaine Pennant.

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Indeed.

Conall Cahill

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