Neil Warnock shows football and politics don't match with Brexit comments

Neil Warnock shows football and politics don't match with Brexit comments

Neil Warnock is back in the headlines following his aggressive, pro-Brexit comments made following Cardiff City’s draw with Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.

The Bluebirds boss has accumulated his fair share of headlines across his long career, but he’s upset a vast amount of people, including many from his own club with his latest rant.

Warnock delved into politics after being asked about Brexit following Saturday’s draw with Huddersfield and he wasn’t shy giving his opinion.

So what’s all the fuss about? What has Warnock said?

Warnock’s comments

When asked about the much-debated topic for a second time, he responded: “I don’t know why politicians don’t do what the country wants, if I’m honest. They had a referendum and now we see different politicians and everyone else trying to put their foot in it … Why did we have a referendum in the first bloody place?

“I can’t wait to get out of it, if I’m honest. I think we’ll be far better out of the bloody thing. In every aspect. Football-wise as well, absolutely. To hell with the rest of the world.”

Cardiff City’s response

Social media exploded upon the breaking of those comments and Warnock has been blasted for his views, and that fact they he expressed them following a football match, something seemingly unrelated.

The criticism has come from so many different sources that even Cardiff City have now stepped in to distance themselves from the political views of their manager.

In a statement today, they said Neil Warnock was giving "his personal political stance.

"These comments do not reflect the political position of Cardiff City Football Club, nor its board of directors."

Politics and football, they just don’t mix

Neil Warnock will now learn the hard way that football and politics only mix when they want to or have to.

Political views vary across football, but with clubs like Cardiff, in working class cities, conservative views aren’t going to be welcome.

Neil Warnock will now know that. Though, he should have already. Whether you agree or not, making statements in support of a conservative government while in charge of a working-class club is never going to go in your favour.

Cardiff City fans are hugely in support of Neil Warnock, he’s worked wonders at the club, but they certainly didn’t appreciate his comments on Saturday afternoon.

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Beyond that, he’s offended many people across the country and beyond by the comments. “To hell with the rest of the world” may have been said in jest, but it’s not a statement from someone in a position of responsibility.

It’s particularly inappropriate if you have a squad made up of 11 different nationalities and are trying to add to that with more international players.Neil Warnock will need to do some damage control after this, even with his own fans.

Football and politics can mix, but this is a clear lesson to every manager that personal political beliefs should be kept well away from football for their own sake and others’.


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