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Brexit: What would happen to UEFA if Britain leaves the EU?

Posted on 25 May 2016. Source: Express.co.uk

Brexit: What would happen to UEFA if Britain leaves the EU?

THE EU without Britain has been compared to the Euros without England and Wayne Rooney. But what would Brexit mean for UEFA?

The comparison between the historic EU referendum and the Euros comes before British voters go to the polls and England footballers go to Euro 2016 in June.

Could England still play in the Euros?

Sports immigration lawyer Maria Patsalos, from law firm Mishcon de Reya, reassured to football fans by confirming that England could still play in European Championships.

Ms Patsalos told Express.co.uk: "Membership in the EU is not relevant to the UEFA position, as the members of UEFA are entirely separate.

For example, neither Switzerland and Russia are in the EU, but are still eligible to play in European Championships such as the tournament in France this summer.

Can Premier League clubs still play in UEFA leagues?

Ms Patsalos said the domestic clubs of non-EU members such as Switzerland and Russia are still eligible to play in the Champions League and Europa League.

She said: “Therefore, England and Premier League clubs would not be prohibited in any way in the event of a Brexit.

The reassurance came after Liverpool played in the final of the Europa League and Manchester City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League this year.

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