The Queen awards campaigner honour for services to equality and diversity in Football
(pictured Paul with fellow SRtRC Hall of Famer, Chris Powell at SRtRC event at Downing Street)
Paul Elliott, former England defender and SRtRC Honorary Patron was recently awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The former Charlton, Luton Town, Aston Villa, Pisa, Celtic and Chelsea player was recognised for his services to equality and diversity in football. It is the highest honour awarded to any player from the Premier League era of football.
Paul said “I'm honoured and humbled to be receiving the CBE from Her Majesty, the Queen.”
“Whilst it is in recognition for my work in equality & diversity in football it is organisations like Show Racism the Red Card whose excellent educational resources and consistent quality and delivery which really does makes a positive difference at the roots of our communities, all over the UK.”
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of SRtRC said “We would like to offer our congratulations to Paul on this honour. He has done so much to support organisations like ours and Kick It Out over the years and advanced the anti-racism message in the game. Through his work with the Football Association Paul is continuing to ensure that social responsibility is valued highly in football.”
In an interview with the Telegraph last year Paul said ““All I have done since coming out of football is (I’ve) wanted to make a difference. I love the game. I love using football as a power for good nationally and globally.”