Cardiff City is only a point above the relegation zone and failed to beat last-place Huddersfield Town at home on Saturday in a scoreless draw.
But that doesn’t seem to be what’s on Neil Warnock’s mind.
No, the Cardiff manager’s attention seems to be on politics. With the United Kingdom set to officially leave the European Union — colloquially known as the “Brexit” — on March 29, and British lawmakers set to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s controversial Brexit deal on Tuesday, Warnock offered his own thoughts on the situation during a news conference (via The Guardian):
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) January 13, 2019
Here’s a transcript of Warnock’s comments (emphasis ours):
Well, I don’t think it is. I think, I think life will go on, you know. I think once the country knows what they’re doing and we get an agreement and move on, I think it will be straightforward.
I don’t know why politicians don’t do what the country wanted, if I’m honest, you know. They had a referendum, you know, and now we see different politicians and everybody else trying to put their foot in it with Theresa instead of getting behind her, you know. Why did we have a referendum in the first bloody place?
I can’t wait to get out of them, if I’m honest. I think we’ll be far better out of the bloody thing, in every aspect. And to hell with the rest of the world.
He then added he believes the UK will be better off “football-wise” as well in response to a follow-up question.
Everyone is entitled to their political beliefs, but it’s a bit of a bullhorn when Warnock plies his trade in the Premier League, whose era has transformed the English top flight from a bastion of almost exclusively British Isles talent into one of the most multicultural and diverse leagues on the planet.
Warnock counts 12 non-UK players among his current first-team squad, including seven of his starters against Huddersfield, and he works for a Malaysian-Chinese club owner and a Cypriot chairman. Not to mention foreign television deals line a huge portion of the Premier League’s profit margin.
It remains to be seen if Warnock will face any punishment, however slight, for his Brexit rhetoric. In the meantime, he and his club need to be mindful they’re not exiting the Premier League in a few months’ time.
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