Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane have made the list of Britain’s most influential black footballers. The Football Black List which is mentioned annually is aimed at recognizing the efforts of black figures who play a part in various areas of the round leather game.
Raheem Sterling has been very vocal against racism in recent years, having suffered abuse whilst in action for both club and country.
The likes of Danny Rose, Eniolea Aluko and Anika Asante also made the list which was first published in 2008 and identifies black industry professionals who are positive influencers.
The names which make the 7 categories are arrived at, based on votes by representatives of the Premier League, Professional Footballers’ Association, EFL, League Managers’ Association and the anti-racism group Kick It Out.
According to Leon Mann, co-founder of the Football Black List: “Raheem has made such a huge impact in the last year, on and off the pitch.
“His vital words and actions in confronting issues of racism and how the black community is treated cannot be downplayed.
“We are delighted to have another incredible list that will help to inspire the next generation of young black people. It’s particularly special this year that half of the list is female.”
Find the full list of all categories below:
- Amanda Hudson, director of education – Wada
- Joanie Evans, co-president, Federation of Gay Games
- Lungi Macebo, chief operating officer, Birmingham City FC
- Sarah Ebanja, chief executive, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
- Vivienne Aiyela, non-executive director, London FA
Cyrille Regis Players’ Award:
- Anita Asante, Chelsea Women
- Danny Rose, Tottenham
- Eniola Aluko, Juventus Women
- Raheem Sterling, Manchester City
- Sadio Mane, Liverpool
Coaching and management:
- Chris Ramsey MBE, technical director, Queens Park Rangers
- Colin Omogbehin, Under-23 academy head coach, Fulham FC
- Coreen Brown, academy coach, Arsenal Ladies
- Justin Cochrane, head coach, England Under-15 team
- Michael Johnson, manager, Guyana national team
- Dominique Delvaille, women brand director, Nike
- Donna Bartley, senior associate, Morgan Sports Law
- Ellen Chiwenga, football match agent, EC Football Consultancy
- GavinLee Ellison, head of global operations, Concave Football
- Tobi Alabi, founder, Heart 4 More Foundation and football agent
Community and Grassroots:
- Bobby Kasanga, founder, Hackney Wick FC
- Francesca Brown, founder, Goals4Girls
- Iqraa Ismail, founder, NUR Women’s Football Club
- Dr Mark Prince, founder, Kiyan Prince Foundation
- Nick Bignall, ambassador, Colour Blindness Awareness
- Adrian Kajumba, football reporter, Daily Mail
- Anne-Marie Batson, freelance sports broadcaster
- Clinton Forde, co-founder, Rootz TV
- Felicia Pennant, editor, SEASON zine
- Joel Beya, co-founder, Cheeky Sport
- Akil Howson, assistant referee, English Football League
- Dr John Iga, head of performance services, Huddersfield Town
- David Rainford, club support manager, Premier League
- Jehmeil Lemonius, sports campaign manager, Stonewall
- Lorna Falconer, head of football operations, Brentford FC