Thursday 23 November 2017

Gary Lineker: Brexit vote has let down our children and their children

Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker

Match of the Day host and former England striker Gary Lineker believes "we've let down our children and their children" following the vote in favour of leaving the European Union.

Lineker, 55, a father of four sons, was one of a number of sport stars that took to social media to discuss the referendum result.

He tweeted: "Feel ashamed of my generation. We've let down our children and their children. It's not a time for triumphalism. Not a time for division. Not a time for hatred. It's a time for change. A time for calm. A time in history."

Former England and Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher echoed Lineker's view.

"A vote for Farage, Boris & a recession well done to the over 50s for thinking of the future!," he tweeted.

World number three golfer Rory McIlroy used an analogy from his own sport to jokingly suggest a second chance at 2016 could be an option.

"With #Brexit and the way the US presidential race is going.... Can we take a mulligan on 2016??," he tweeted.

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan labelled the respective campaigns by Leave and Remain as "embarrassing".

He tweeted: "Only time will tell whether it's the right decision .. One thing for sure is the lies of both campaigns have been embarrassing .. !!!"

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford watched the result from the United States as he continues preparations for the upcoming Games in Rio, and tweeted: "I'm going to bed.. In a country that might put Trump in charge.. After watching Britain do the unbelievable. NAUGHTY WORLD! STOP IT! DOWN!"

Ex-Leicester and England rugby union star Austin Healey urged the country not to react in a knee-jerk fashion to the outcome.

"Everyone seems to be losing their head, people obviously felt strongly enough to vote for change. Time now for calm and planning for future," he said on Twitter.

"Don't forget no one can see or predict the future."

In a statement, a Premier League spokesman said: "The Premier League is a hugely successful sporting competition that has strong domestic and global appeal. This will continue to be the case regardless of the referendum result.

"Given the uncertain nature of what the political and regulatory landscape might be following the 'Leave' vote, there is little point second-guessing the implications until there is greater clarity.

"Clearly, we will continue to work with Government and other bodies whatever the outcome of any process."

Greg Dyke, chairman of the Football Association, told Press Association Sport that it was "too early" to know the impact of leaving the EU.

"It could take two years to really know, but there could be quite an impact on English football because of Brexit," he said.

"It would be a shame if some of the great European players can't come here but I don't think that will happen. Whether the total number reduces will depend on the terms of the exit.

"My personal view has always been that the decline in the number of English players in Premier League first teams - we're down to about 30 per cent now - is a shame. If it increases the number of English players, that is to be welcomed. But you don't want to lose the best European players coming here."

Speaking ahead of England's Euro 2016 clash with Iceland in France on Monday, Tottenham striker Harry Kane said some of Roy Hodgson's squad had been speaking about the referendum but insisted focus remains on the tournament.

"Obviously we woke up today and saw the news and a few of the lads were talking about it," he said.

"But I don't think the lads are too focused on it to be honest. The Euros is the main thing, trying to progress and do well in that. I don't think any of us know too much about it to comment on it. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

"I don't know enough about it to be concerned about it and I don't think the other players do as well."

Four-time Olympic sailing champion Sir Ben Ainslie likened the result to an incident out on the water.

"Well, that was one hell of a capsize! Time to right the boat, pull together and get going again #Brexit," he tweeted.

Former Olympic triple-jumper Jonathan Edwards got straight to the point as he wrote: "Well I feel like I'm living in a foreign country now."

Meanwhile 1996 Formula One world champion Damon Hill asked for his vote back after giving his opinion.

The 55-year-old said: "I think we are going to all have a hangover then wake up to a bloody big mess to clear up. This was a vote against all politicians. In other words, anarchy...Is it too late to change my vote? I hate losing."

Chief executive of the English Football League, Shaun Harvey, said: "The ramifications of leaving the European Union may prove to be significant for every industry in the UK, including football.

"However, at this stage, it is fairly unclear what the precise impact will be on the EFL.

"Clubs were contacted earlier this morning in order to outline that we are engaging with the Government and the other football bodies to ensure that our sport's views are understood and taken into account during the discussions that lie ahead."

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