Chair of FA's inclusion board: Football needs to "address the systemic inequalities that prevent under-represented and minority communities gaining senior management opportunities"

19 June 2020

Paul Elliott
Photo: PA Images "Critically, we need to address the systemic inequalities that prevent under-represented and minority communities gaining senior management opportunities across society and in football. We must ensure that our boardrooms and leadership positions reflect the society that we live in and the people who play the game," said Paul Elliott.

Combating discrimination will make football more effective as a business, according to Paul Elliott CBE.

The FA has created a voluntary code for equality in football leadership, a commitment to diversity and inclusion in boardrooms, senior administration, and coaching.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

Though clubs playing in the Premier League, EFL and FA Cup have committed to supporting the Black Lives Matter campaign for the rest of the season, more needs to be done for it not to become an "empty gesture", according to the chair of the FA's Inclusion & Advisory Board, Paul Elliott CBE. 

"When I played, a torrent of racist abuse was sadly the norm. We have worked hard to reduce discrimination from the pitch and from the terraces. But despite that progress, we still have some way to go as a game in some key areas," Elliott said in an open letter to English football.

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