Racism endemic in football08 May 2004

An investigation by the Mirror Newspaper in the UK, has shown that racism is still endemic at the top levels of the game. The article shows that although black players have made great progress on the pitch as players, their numbers are few and far between in the game’s controlling structures.

It seems, black players face obstacles when it comes to progressing into management. Of the Premiership’s 20 managers, not one is black. Alternatively, of its 21 select referees and 40 assistant referees, only one is black.

Former Liverpool and England star John Barnes is one of the few black players who have made it through to management, during his brief spell at the helm at Celtic. “If we still have this situation in 10 to 20 years, then serious questions will need to be asked. We still have barriers to break down if we want to get more black people coming into management. But I'm hoping it's only a matter of time before we see the change.”

Piara Powar, of FARE partner Kick It Out added, “Work needs to be done to address the lack of ethnic minority representation in the game.”

Read the full article over at the Mirror’s website.