London: England football great Gary Lineker led a host of sports stars expressing their anger at Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union yesterday.

On a practical level there was confusion over what the EU exit would mean for foreign players, not only in the lucrative English Premier League, but also in cricket and rugby union.

Sports lawyers say it is crucial that Britain negotiates successfully to remain part of Europe's single market, which enshrines freedom of movement.

Failure to do so could lead to an exodus of foreign talent and also restrictions on buying players. Clubs could also lose the right to sign young players under the age of 18.

Lineker upset
Lineker, though, was more concerned about what impact the vote would have on his four sons. “Feel ashamed of my generation,” tweeted Lineker. “We've let down our children and their children. It's not a time for triumphalism. Not a time for division. Not a time for hatred,” said Lineker.