Zesh makes Premiership history05 November 2004

Zesh Rehman has become the first British-born Asian player to play in the English Premiership. Rehman, who has played for Fulham FC since childhood, started in their 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 31 October.

Rehman, 21, was born in Birmingham to Pakistani parents. Like most football mad kids, he honed his skills playing football on the streets and participated in school, district and county teams.

Britain has sizable Caribbean and South-Asian communities. After famous 70s pioneers such as Cyril Regis and Brendon Batson, Black players have become firmly establish in just about all league teams. However, players of Asian descent haven’t fared so well, with a recent CRE (Commission for Racial Equality) report identifying just 10 British-born Asian players attached to football academies up and down the country.

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