The achievements of black people from across the game, including in different areas of Premier League clubs, have been recognised in the annual Football Black List.
The 2020 edition of the initiative that celebrates the most influential black people in the British game includes players such as Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings.
Rashford has made the list because of his campaign work to raise awareness of child food poverty in the United Kingdom. Zaha has been recognised for his efforts to support nurses during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The efforts of Marcus Rashford deserve acclaim alongside the others on the list who go about their business for the good of others,” said Rodney Hinds, co-founder of the Football Black List, which is supported by the Premier League.
In the past year there has been a greater focus in football on the issue of racial injustice than ever, with players showing their support for the Black Lives Matter campaign by taking the knee before each Premier League match.
Mings and Watford striker Troy Deeney appear on the list for using their platforms to challenge racial injustice.
“The global Black Lives Matter protests has made the game reflect on its own diversity and relationship with black communities,” said Leon Mann, fellow co-founder of the Football Black List.
“The Football Black List provides a snapshot of the wonderful contribution the black community makes to the national sport.
“We hope it inspires the next generation of black leaders to follow those listed and the initiative helps encourage the football industry to put diversity at the top of the agenda, where it needs to be to make much-needed progress in this area.”
Off the pitch, those at Premier League clubs honoured include Marie Gabriel CBE, chair of the West Ham United Foundation, West Ham’s commercial director Nathan Thompson, Tony Whelan, the assistant academy director at Manchester United, Eni Aluko, the sporting director of Aston Villa FC Women, and Jade Morgan, general manager of Leicester City Women.
See: The full 2020 Football Black List