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Payet would not be banned from UK

payetA misinformed piece in the Daily Mirror has suggested Dimitri Payet would not be able to play for West Ham if the UK were no longer part of the European Union.

The article by Joe Mewis says: “Britain goes to the polls on June 23 and a Brexit vote could radically change the face of the Premier League. Anthony Martial, Dimitri Payet and N’Golo Kante would not have been able to play in the Premier League this season, if the UK had not been part of the EU.”

“A Brexit could mean that more than 400 players would lose the right to play in the UK, according to a study from the BBC .Under current employment rules, any player with an EU passport is free to play in the UK without restriction, while those from outside Europe must meet specific Home Office criteria which depends on how many international appearances they have made and where their county sits in the FIFA rankings.”

“That would mean West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet and Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante would not have met the criteria, as they were yet to make their international debuts when they arrived in the Premier League this summer. Payet and Kante both made their France debuts during the international break, but a player from a top 10 nation must have played in 30% of their games over a two-year period in order to qualify for a work permit.”

West Ham season ticket holder, George Bucci contacted Claret and Hugh to point out that Payet has 17 international caps in total for France, 15 of which were gained before he joined the Hammers last summer.

He was called up for the senior national team for the first time by Laurent Blanc for the Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Romania and Luxembourg and made his debut in the former on 9th October 2010, coming on as a substitute for Karim Benzema in the 86th minute and assisted Yoann Gourcuff’s goal to make it 2–0.Three days later, he came on for the last 30 minutes against Luxembourg and again assisted Gourcuff for a goal.

Work permit rules for the Premier League say the player’s country must be at or above 70th place in the official FIFA world rankings when averaged over the two years preceding the date of the application. France currently rank 24th in the world but were ranked 7th in 2014.

Although it is true that Payet has not played 60% of his country’s competitive matches during the two years preceding the date of the application he would almost definitely be permitted on the exceptional talent criteria. He played 10 international matches between 2014-2015 with another two this year.

The suggestion that the Premier League together with the UK Border Agency would expel 400 players from the Premier League after a potential break with Europe is frankly ludicrous and just scaremongering.

You can safely vote which vote in the BrExit election in June which ever way you want knowing it won’t remotely affect on Dimitri Payet’s ability to play for West Ham.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

11 comments on “Payet would not be banned from UK

  1. That’s politicians for you , serving up rumour as fact if it fits their schemes ! Nothing new there then .

  2. Vote out !!!!
    Then vote the Tories out !!!!!!
    Then change the rules to benefit england , which can and should be done anyway ,
    Rhodes and milners maurauders need to be brought to justice along with Cameron’s astors who have had a huge say in the politics and running of this country . Carol Quigley ,s Anglo american establishment will enlighten you !! These are the people who make you serve the state while lining their own pockets !.
    Miners kindergarten !!! Google it then discover our true history not the history you learn in school , you will be shocked but not surprised !

  3. This government only is in power because the people with money back them and they own most clubs or have working relationships with those people,there is no way with so much money in football that any player will be removed from this country or stopped playing,
    With us either still in Europe so no change or out with us needing other countries like the Arabs Russians Chinese Brazilians Indians ( not you Navajo ) we would probably let in anyone to play,
    It’s a win win situation
    Not so sure it’s a win win for us expats,as long as it does not make the price of San Miguel go up Hay Ho

  4. San Miguel’s will fall in price bubs because when england does not have to give billions to the EU they will be chucking it at you cos money will be hard to come by . And if the worst scenario does happen then I’ll send a couple of crates of Heineken every week in aid ?
    Its all scaremongering mate ! Vote out !!! Then vote the actors puppet out !!

  5. Stella please John ops that’s not English either,
    Hope you like real ale John because the foreign people control the good stuff and the black stuff will be part of Europe to.
    You can always drink that naff Bud the Indian Beer is alright especially with a good ruby,
    Never mind at 75 cents a bottle where I live mate 50 p to you it’s as cheap as water,
    Cider is even better €1.29a litre bottle from north Spain BRILLIANT
    I don’t have a drink problem honest just a hobby part of watching football HONEST

  6. Stella it is then !
    Lucky you ain’t in France , cheap crap in the hyper u but the bar lager is crap , you can taste the chemical as you drink the tosh ,
    Stella is an arm and a leg at 5/6 euros a bot ! Thieves ?
    Done a ten year stretch there ( living ) but back home now , selling up , better the devil you know if you know what I mean ! Europe’s gone to pot ,
    Forget the bud bub its Yankee crap !
    Just cracked a Stella ! Good health old boy !

  7. Just back from El Bar cracked quite a few,
    They all think it’s a done deal with Martinez,but they are angry Bernitez has gone to Newcastle because they want him back and do not want Marinio or another English manager,
    I used to play Sunday football for a club sponsored by Stella and we went to a factory in Belgium and played a friendly there,
    The beer was much better there and Free now you can’t beat that,
    Best beer here is 23 cents a can extra strong from Carrafore but brewed in Spain
    That’s 4 cans for 80 pence now your talking,

  8. Hey guys IT IS APRIL 1st you know, don’t believe anything you read or hear this morning, all a load of ********.
    After mid day is when the REAL stories will start to appear.

    Happy April Fools Day & COYI

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