Cardiff have distanced themselves from manager Neil Warnock’s pro-Brexit remarks by saying his views do not represent that of the club.
Warnock launched a fierce attack on the government’s failure to deliver on the 2016 referendum result after Saturday’s Premier League game against Huddersfield, saying he could not wait for the UK to leave the European Union.
The 70-year-old Yorkshireman added the parting shot: ‘To hell with the rest of the world’ as he sat in front of a Visit Malaysia advertising board.
Cardiff are owned by the Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan and their squad consists of players from Africa, Asia, continental Europe and North America.
In response to Warnock’s remarks, Cardiff issued a club statement: ‘Comments made by our manager following Saturday’s fixture are representative of his personal political stance.
‘These comments do not reflect the political position of Cardiff City Football Club, nor its Board of Directors.’
Warnock was asked after the 0-0 draw with Huddersfield whether the UK’s exit from the European Union – due to formally occur on March 29 – will harm the chances of Premier League clubs buying players from abroad.
He replied: ‘I think once the country knows what they’re doing, it will be straightforward (to make signings).
‘Any transfer window is difficult for me, not just this one.
‘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.’