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The World Of Football Reacts To Brexit

Britain has, in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last day, voted to leave the European Union.

The result comes as a massive shock, not least given bookmakers were offering odds of 1/10 that Britain would vote Remain early yesterday, and Nigel Farage, the outspoken supporter of a Leave vote, even conceded defeat when polls closed on Thursday night.

The result has been greeted by carnage in financial markets in the UK and also abroad, as financiers struggle to make sense of the decision and uncertainly over Britain’s economic outlook reigns supreme. The political fall-out has been equally catastrophic, as British Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would be stepping down as leader within the next three months while blonde-haired bumbling Conservative Boris Johnson has been installed as the favorite to be his successor.

Strong Remain votes in both Scotland and Northern Ireland have seen another Scottish Independence Referendum described as ‘highly likely’ by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, while in Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness has wasted little time in calling for a border poll to be held on the unification of Ireland.

The football world has also reacted with shock, and at times outrage, and many players past and present were not in the mood for holding back once the result was confirmed.

Some players perhaps got slightly carried away. James McClean, befitting his no holes attitude on the pitch, re-iterated the calls of Martin McGuinness for a border poll to be held on a united Ireland. The prompt deletion of his account suggests he has had second thoughts about this one.

All sensible and serious grievances to have in the aftermath of such a tumultuous result, but the football community has not totally lost its sense of humour:

If the other options are Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, I’m sure Giggsy would have more supporters for the job than he may have previously expected.

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