The Guardian view on the Premier League and racism: time to take a lead

19 June 2020 05:13
Raheem Sterling has proposed a rule change that would require each Premier League club to employ at least one ethnic minority coach. His idea should be taken upThe sight of Premier League football teams and match officials taking the knee this week was both moving and heartening. Intended as a mark of respect to George Floyd, the black man killed by a white police officer almost a month ago in Minneapolis, and as recognition of the broader struggle for racial equality, the gesture was well judged and welcome. But action off the pitch now needs to live up to the sentiments expressed on it.As the season restarts after a three-month hiatus, the Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling is leading calls for each of the league’s 20 clubs to be required to employ at least one black, Asian or minority ethnic coach on their staff, and for greater representation at boardroom level. Because it would introduce an element of compulsion, this proposal may prove controversial. But a glance at the employment rosters of the country’s biggest football clubs shows why it may be necessary. Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian