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21 June 2016

“I support Remain“: John Barnes rejects Michael Gove’s claim that he is pro-Brexit

The former England footballer swiftly contradicts the Justice Secretary's comment.

By Media Mole

The former England footballer John Barnes has slapped Michael Gove down for claiming that he backs Brexit.

During a desperate media tour this morning, following the news of David Beckham supporting Remain, the Justice Secretary claimed on Sky that, “there are lots of people like Sol Campbell and John Barnes” who want Out.

A few hours later, Barnes called up the news network to contradict Gove.


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Barnes told Sky News:

“How this happened was I gave an interview stating that for English football it would be better off being out of the EU because of course we couldn’t get all of these European players coming in as easily, so it would be better for English footballers.

“That was then misinterpreted as I’m supporting the Leave campaign.

“I got a call the very next day, this is about a month ago, saying ‘oh thank you very much for your support’ – and I made it categorically clear that speaking from the point of view of English footballers, it would be better off, but I don’t support the Leave campaign because that’s a very selfish view of me looking just at English football.

“I’ve got to think about what I think is right for the country. I made it plain that I do not support them, I support Remain.”