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If we vote Yes

Postby Snuff » Thu May 15, 2014 8:10 am

I have held off asking this question, but, with the season ending, it might give us something meaningful to argue about; so, here goes:

What difference, if any, will a Yes vote make to Scottish football - discuss.
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Re: If we vote Yes

Postby Scottish » Thu May 15, 2014 9:03 am

Since the SFA has always been an independent body in its own right, a full member of both FIFA and UEFA, little would change in that regard. The one major difference would be that until such times as an independent Scotland's EU status was resolved, that players from EU countries, including England, Wales & Northern Ireland would not have an automatic right to play for a Scottish club as freedom of movement of labour would no longer apply. I would imagine existing contracts would be honoured.

Should there be a Yes vote it's possible that the Scottish government would adopt an immigration policy identical to that of the UK at present and adhere to EU rules as making the process of joining easier (though that would have to apply to the country as a whole, not just football) though players may demand a different currency to be paid in.
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Re: If we vote Yes

Postby the hibLOG » Sun May 18, 2014 10:12 pm

scottish wrote:The one major difference would be that until such times as an independent Scotland's EU status was resolved, that players from EU countries, including England, Wales & Northern Ireland would not have an automatic right to play for a Scottish club as freedom of movement of labour would no longer apply.


Only if the Scottish government chose not to apply it, so they might not have an automatic right to play in Scotland. Given the present administration's stated views on immigration it seems unlikely that any such restrictions would be imposed.

The major benefit to Scottish football is likely to be that The Rangers and their more morally challenged fans will finally procreative act off to England.
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