Football managers Arsène Wenger and Gérard Houllier fight Brexit

Written by David Singleton on 2 June 2016 in Diary

140 leading Europeans have signed a letter which states: ‘Britain, please stay.'

Two top football managers are among a host of European figures from the worlds of science, sport and the arts to have pleaded with voters to reject Brexit.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger and former Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier have signed the letter to the Times Literary Supplement expressing “how very much we value having the United Kingdom in the European Union”.

Earlier this year, Wenger indicated that he was suspicious of Brexit when he stated that the prospect of leaving the EU “raises so many questions” for the Premier League.

Britain Stronger In Europe’s Arsenal-supporting spin chief James McGrory was quick to seize on the comments, stating: “Leading figures in football are clear – leaving the EU would disfigure the beautiful game in this country.”

Now it is clear that Wenger is not the only Arsenal figure with such concerns as the letter is also signed by Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker.

Other prominent signatories include Borgen creator Adam Price, former Abba star Björn Ulvaeus, chef Raymond Blanc and Robocop director Paul Verhoeven.

The letter states: "All of us in Europe respect the right of the British people to decide whether they wish to remain with us in the European Union. It is your decision, and we will all accept it. Nevertheless, if it will help the undecided to make up their minds, we would like to express how very much we value having the United Kingdom in the European Union. It is not just treaties that join us to your country, but bonds of admiration and affection.

"All of us hope that you will vote to renew them. Britain, please stay."



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