Former England and Watford FC star Luther Blissett has said football still has plenty of work to do to combat racism.
Mr Blissett, who was speaking at an online meeting on March 8 held by Radlett Action for Racial Equality (RARE), acknowledged the situation had improved from his day, but that social media had made the task tougher.
The former striker, who enjoyed success at both a domestic and international level in the 1970s and 1980s, said: “We need to also acknowledge all the positives that have happened. Racism has definitely improved – it’s not perfect, we’ve got a long way to go but we’ve improved, and we should recognise that.”
Despite some black coaches and managers starting to break through in recent years, Luther Blissett said there was too much focus on representation in the playing side of the game, when diversity is also needed in the boardroom.
He added: “When you talk about the strides that are being made, there’s now far more coaches and now one or two managers. But why do we only look at the coaching and playing side of the game?
“Football is a business, but anyone of any ethnicity should be able to get in the boardroom. No one looks at that side enough.”
He was contributing to a discussion on racism in the footballing world held by RARE and attended by over two dozen people from Radlett and around Hertfordshire.