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Monday 5 December 2016

Wenger worried over Brexit League effect

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. REUTERS/John Sibley
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. REUTERS/John Sibley

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned the British decision to leave the European Union could have a lasting effect on the Premier League.

The Frenchman professed his surprise at the result of June's EU referendum which saw the country vote in favour of Brexit - with the UK planning to withdraw membership as a result.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has said it would take two years to know just what consequences the vote could have on English football while Premier League officials said the global appeal of the division 'will contin ue to be the case regardless of the referendum result'.

Wenger, who has been in charge of the Gunners for nearly 20 years, believes the effects will not be felt straight away but that leaving the EU could impact upon the Premier League in the future.

"It worries me, it shocks me too," the 66-year old told France Football.

"Nobody knows how exactly this is going to translate into a practical plan. Nobody really knows where we are going.

"But the shock, is that we discover that in England there is a majority of people who want to leave the European Union.

"The players will see their wages come down a bit and the competition with Germany, for example, will be stronger.

"In my opinion, it is overwhelmingly in the long-term that there are questions to be answered. The way in which England will leave the European Union will dictate the future of the Premier League.

"If the league becomes less attractive, the broadcasters will offer less money for the rights, club revenues will decrease and the Premier League will suffer."

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