Premier League Brexit vote: How football fans voted in referendum

Premier League Brexit vote: How football fans voted in referendum


Premier League fans who live near Stoke City were the most likely to vote for Brexit, new figures have revealed. Those living close to Chelsea and Arsenal, however, were overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the European Union.

Political analyst Mike Smithson has compiled the list showing results from each Premier League team’s local authority. While the figures represent all people in that area, not just fans, they do give an indication of how each team’s supporters voted in June’s referendum.

In total, the local populations of 10 top tier clubs voted in favour of leaving the EU while 10 voted to remain. All of the Premier League’s current top seven clubs are based in pro-remain areas, while all but one of the bottom seven clubs are in areas that voted to leave the EU.

People living close to Tottenham’s White Hart Lane were the most likely to vote remain. A total of 75.6 per cent of people voted to stay part of the EU, just ahead of their neighbours in Islington (75.2 per cent).

All of the teams in England’s Premier League had expressed their support for staying in the European Union prior to the referendum. Over 300 European players currently playing in the Premier League, Championship and Scottish Premiership would fail to meet the potential Brexit criteria, according to a study by the BBC.

Only 23 of the 180 non-British EU players currently playing in the Championship would get work permits. Remarkably, none of the 53 non-British EU players in the Scottish Premiership would qualify for a permit on the basis of their international career alone.

Currently, a non-EU player playing for a Fifa-ranked top 10 country is eligible for a work permit if they featured in 30 per cent of national team games in the two years before applying for a work permit.

A player from a Fifa-ranked country of 11 to 20 would have to have played 45 per cent of their national team matches or more, with the number rising to 60 per cent for a Fifa-ranked country of between 21 and 30 and 75 per cent for a country ranked 31 to 50.

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