England manager Gareth Southgate has backed the greater representation of Asian football in football. The Asian voice has been lost in the anti-discrimination argument the England manager said. The FA launched the ‘Bringing Opportunities to Communities’ initiative to help people from Asian backgrounds be a part of English football. They are also celebrating South Asian Heritage Month from July 18 to August 17 with the release of a number of inspirational videos of people with Asian heritage.
“Sometimes the Asian voice has been lost in the anti-discrimination argument,” England manager Gareth Southgate said. “And when you look at the percentages of the population that we’re talking about, it’s high numbers. Frankly, it’s a big talent pool that we’re missing within football. We don’t have high numbers of English-qualified players playing anyway, clubs in their academies are always searching for talent.”
“It’s like in any business. If you’re only selecting from a smaller section of the population, then what are you missing?” he added. “What I’ve noticed with the England team in recent seasons is that dynamic in terms of the supporters coming up to me has changed a lot, far more Asian people, coming up to me, talking about their pride in the team, talking about the diversity of the team. That could only be even more powerful if someone from the Asian community was in the team as well, and we had that greater representation across the board.”