Mesut Ozil revealed that he will help British South Asian players succeed in football by giving them a platform to express themselves. He has launched the Football for Peace Mesut Ozil Centre which will partner with the likes of the Football Association and Bradford City. Recently, Premier League legend Emile Heskey spoke about growing up playing with South Asians as a kid. He revealed that the community had a tremendous passion for the game.
“I have always been surprised why the South Asian Community are only allowed to be fans of the game,” Mesut Ozil said about the South Asian Community. “Why are we not seeing more players or managers breaking into professional football? I want to promote them, give them an opportunity to be successful both on and off the pitch. I myself am from an ethnically diverse background and understand the challenges. I hope the Football for Peace Mesut Ozil Centre will become the platform they need.”
“We are delighted to form part of the Mesut Ozil Football for Peace Development Centre, which will facilitate the growth and inclusion of the South Asian community in football. Inclusion and diversity are fundamental to the success of our club and Bradford as a whole – and we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming and warming environment for all.” Bradford City CEO, Ryan Sparks, said.
“The FA is proud to support this important initiative which aligns to our Asian inclusion strategy, Bringing Opportunities to Communities. All people regardless of ethnicity or background should be able to play and enjoy the game.” FA Board member, Rupinder Bains, said.