Racism rife in football, claims sports think tank

A new sports think tank has claimed that “institutional discrimination”  is rampant in English football, according to their damning report which is due to be published on Monday.

The Sports People’s Think Tank (SPTT) is a new sports organisation which was founded by a group of former Premier League footballers, and their research claims that there is a culture of deep-rooted prejudice in the game, where examples of black and ethnic minorities in prominent coaching roles are rare.

The report brings to light some of the negative experiences of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME or BME) coaches in the game who the report said had experienced “a series of physical and cultural stereotypes about BME players and coaches” and were seen as a “risk” appointment.

“Football has failed to complete the promise of true equality,” said Jason Roberts, a founding member of the group.

“The numbers point to a problem that any right-minded individual would be shocked at. Most disappointing is the game’s overall refusal, up to this point, to engage in some dialogue which challenges the decision-makers and leadership of the game, rather than focusing on the victims of these practices – prospective BME coaches and managers.”

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