5 The Daily Telegraph Monday 29 June 2020 *** Ruling bodies urged to record ethnicity figures Exclusive Women’s football reporter By Katie Whyatt The Football Association and English Football League do not monitor the number of players who identify as black, Asian or another ethnic minority in the elite male and female game, can reveal. Troy Townsend, head of development for football’s equality and inclusion campaign Kick It Out, has said that the governing body should make the collection of data “a massive priority” to help ensure better representation of black and Asian people within the game, adding: “Let’s stop putting out messages when actually people are now just interested in actions.” The Professional Footballers’ Association collates information when it engages with a player – through, for instance, educational grants – but the ethnicity data is not gathered as soon as a player turns professional. Simone Pound, head of equality and diversity at the PFA, said: “I would welcome an opportunity for the Women’s Super League and FA to work with the PFA to get a comprehensive overview on ethnicity across the women’s game.” It was revealed last week that no Premier League club had a black owner, chairman or chief executive and none of the 11 FA board members were black. Townsend said: “The collating of data is really important. If we don’t know what those numbers are, how can we possibly enhance roles that could then lead into management roles, into boardroom roles and beyond? Particularly for the Asian community who, for far too many years, have not been recognised in their own right in a playing aspect?” The FA – which oversees the WSL – confirmed it does not monitor players’ racial or ethnic origin. The EFL monitors nationality for visa purposes, but again does not monitor race or ethnicity of its players – but said that it would not be averse to doing so. There is one black manager – Brighton’s Hope Powell – among the 12 professional teams in the WSL, and six BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) managers across the top four divisions of the men’s game: Wolves’ Nuno Espirito Santo, Nottingham Forest’s Sabri Lamouchi, Doncaster’s Darren Moore, Southend’s Sol Campbell, Oldham’s Dino Maamria and Keith Curle at Northampton. The Daily Telegraph ... the ugly The comical defending which has characterised many of Arsenal’s games this season is on show again as the visitors’ attempts to clear the ball result in David McGoldrick hooking home for Sheffield United Solidarity: Julie Ertz, second left, supports Casey Short as Chicago’s players take the knee as United seek a clear identity American players reduced to tears in emotional take-the-knee protest signing uplift that has infected the club as obviously as, for instance, Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic, whose confidence and form have visibly gone into overdrive since January. Except in this regard: Shaw is the only United player to have started every one of the last 14 games, a run in which they remain unbeaten. Solid, unfussy, intelligently forestalling danger, he has become something of a talisman for Solskjaer. His critics may point out that By Katie Whyatt the player is still too often infected by the safety-first caution that permeated the club in the Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho eras, and that he always seems to prefer a sideways pass to the kind of pacy forward surge of Andy Robertson, Ben Chilwell or even his understudy Brandon Williams. But the point is he rarely makes mistakes, in positioning or possession. And Solskjaer clearly values that kind of consistency in a side still searching for its identity. Indeed, after this narrow victory, one significantly aided by Timm Klose’s self-destructive sending-off at the end of normal time, there are a couple of things of which we can be certain when United step out in the semi-final at Wembley next month. Firstly, Solskjaer will not dare risk starting with a side as unimpressive as the one which opened proceedings here. And secondly, whatever its make-up, Luke Shaw is guaranteed to be in it. Scores of American players took the knee during the national anthem in the opening games of the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup in Utah at the weekend. All 22 North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns players knelt and wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts before kick-off. In the second game, the majority of Chicago Red Stars and Washington Spirit players – who again all wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts – knelt, although four remained standing. A video of Casey Short and Julie Ertz, of Red Stars, went viral as both took the knee and wept, their arms on each other’s shoulders. Players from Portland and North Carolina said in a joint-statement: “We took a knee to protest racial injustice, police brutality, and systemic racism against black people and people of colour in America.”
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