01 November 2019

English stars footballers named on the 2019 "Football Black List" - and half of line-up are women

England footballers Anita Asante and Eniola Aluko have been named on the Football Black List; the first time in its 11-year history that half is made up of women. 

The list was founded in 2008 by sports journalists Leon Mann and Rodney Hinds with the aim to celebrate the most influential black people in the British game. 

Asante who plays for Chelsea and Aluko for Juventus are included in the 'Cyrille Regis Players' list. 

There are six other categories which include Media; Administration; Coaching and Management; Commercial; Community; and Practitioners.

Hinds said: "It's fantastic to see that some 50 per cent of this year's list is female. It shows the progress that is being made within the game, however slowly."

Mann added: "We are delighted to have another incredible list that will help to inspire the next generation of young black people to get involved in all areas of the game. It’s particularly special this year that half of the list is female.”

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