"Botched Brexit" will damage British football
Football club chairmen are worried that the government's "destructive" and "botched" approach to Brexit negotiations could do long-term damage to British football clubs.
"The destructive Brexit path being pursued by the government threatens to have a hugely damaging effect on clubs across the country," Burnley chairman Mike Garlick told the BBC.
He also pointed out the effect the pound weakening against the euro had had on inflating fees for players at European clubs, and added that the lack of clarity over freedom of movement could leave clubs finding that players are put off by movement restrictions in the UK, or struggling to sort out work permits and visas for those who weren't.
"Ending freedom of movement will make it much more difficult for teams to attract the right talent, if the government brings in more restrictive conditions for work visas for players from Europe."
Stoke City chairman Peter Coates reiterated the dangers he saw from visa complications and the weakened pound, and said that "it's hard to seed how a botched Brexit will help" the position of Championship clubs like Stoke.
"If this goes badly, it will be places like Stoke that suffer the most," he said. Both Stoke and Burnley voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum: 67 percent of Burnley voters chose leave, while the figure in Stoke was 69 percent.