Brexit: Only six Spaniards in PL

The Brexit vote in the United Kingdom provisionally leaves just six Spaniards out of a possible 32 eligible for work permits to play in the Premier League.

Research undertaken by AS reveals only Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Pedro Rodriguez, Santi Cazorla, David de Gea and Cesc Fabregas would meet the UK’s criteria of having played in 30 percent of Spain’s games in the last two years.

Jesus Navas and Victor Valdes would have met that requirement at the time of their arrival but for no longer as neither player has represented La Roja since before the 2014 World Cup.

However, the likes of Diego Costa, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata have failed to meet the criteria at both the time of their moves to England and in the last two years.

Such legislation would have prevented Mikel Arteta from making 284 Premier League appearances or Angel Rangel from representing Swansea City on 339 occasions.

The English FA and the Home Office currently require non-EU players to have played a minimum number of matches for their country in the last two years, determined by the FIFA ranking of each national team.

The UK withdrew its membership from the EU on Thursday following a 51.9% victory for the Leave vote, although an exit is not expected to be finalised until 2018.

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