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Neil Lennon joins Beckham in Remain camp

By Allan Preston

Football manager Neil Lennon has added his voice to a list of sporting stars calling for the UK to stay in the EU.

The Lurgan-born Hibernian manager and former Celtic boss signed an open letter yesterday along with nearly 50 sporting figures, including athlete Paula Radcliffe and rugby star Lawrence Dallaglio, arguing "we are stronger working together".

The letter was published on the day that former Man Utd players David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand also threw their support behind keeping the UK in the EU.

In the letter, the signatories said: "In sport, the one thing that matters above all else is your team. Whether on the football pitch or running track, in the pool or in the gym, you can achieve so much more by working together. The same is true for Britain in Europe: we are stronger working together with other countries, with the ability to travel, work and play sport right across the continent.

"To remain a world leader in sport, we need to remain in the European Union. And that's why we'll be voting to remain."

Posting online yesterday, David Beckham said that during his time with Man United, "We were a better and more successful team because of a Danish goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, the leadership of an Irishman, Roy Keane, and the skill of a Frenchman in Eric Cantona".

He added: "We should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone."

Writing for the London Evening Standard, Rio Ferdinand said: "Sir Alex Ferguson always taught us that no individual is bigger than the team.

"I think Europe is a bit like that. Britain is an amazing country, but we'll achieve much more if we're a team player."

Earlier this month, Irish Rugby Captain Rory Best announced his support for keeping Northern Ireland in the EU.

Best, who is also an Aberdeen Angus cattle breeder, tweeted: 'Thursday 23rd June is an important date for farmers & the agrifood sector. Support them by voting to stay in EU."

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