Asian players face same barriers that black players did, says Gayle
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) patron Howard Gayle told a regional conference recently that Asian players today face similar problems to black players in the 1970s.
Speaking at the North West Unite Against Facism (UAF) regional conference on Sunday December 2, Howard said: “The stereotype now with Asian players is very, very similar to the racism against black players in the seventies.”
Howard told delegates about the racism he had experienced growing up and throughout his career as a professional footballer.
The conference also heard of Howard’s suggestion to Blackburn Rovers FC, whilst playing for the club, of signing an Asian player to boost match-day attendance, an idea that saw much resistance.
Howard’s talk made a valuable contribution to the conference, organisers said, and he received warm applause at the end of his speech.
Supporting the conference were North West TUC, Unite the union, the Communication Workers Union (CWU), the University and College Union North West region and the Lancashire branch of the National Union of Teachers.
The conference, opened by Liverpool’s deputy Mayor Paul Brant, pushed forward UAF’s “Nick Griffin Must Go” campaign to remove the British National Party leader (BNP) from his seat in the European Parliament in 2014.
Other speakers during the day included Steve Rotheram MP, Billy Hayes (CWU General Secretary), and veteran anti-fascist Morris Beckman.