Is English football's racism problem being taken seriously? – podcast


A series of recent incidents inside Premier League stadiums has highlighted football’s enduring problem with racism. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Liverpool’s Mo Salah allegedly faced racist abuse and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a banana skin thrown at him. Tottenham and England’s Danny Rose recently said he ‘can’t wait to see the back of football’ because of his frustration at the lack of action taken against racism.

It’s a problem that affects footballers, coaches and referees at all levels. The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg has been investigating racism in football and tells India Rakusen it is at crisis point in amateur football. We hear from Colin King, a leading figure at the Black and Asian Coaches Association and from Imrul Gazi, the manager of non-league Sporting Bengal United FC.

Also this week: as protesters block bridges and highways in London to highlight climate change, we hear from members of Extinction Rebellion on what they hope to achieve.

Have you witnessed racism in English football? Whether you are a fan, player, parent or coach, we want to hear about your experiences.

Football coach Colin King photographed at Dulwich sports ground in south-east London.

Photograph: Richard Saker/The Observer

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