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By Simon Stone
BBC Sport
Incidents will’hurt’ attempts to bring coaches and more players from cultural minorities at grassroots level, ” says one of the most notable figures that are Asian of the game.
Riz Rehman, 36, is the brother of Zeshto play all four branches of the pyramid.
Riz has been appointed chairman of the Surrey FA’s Inclusion Advisory Group.
He will summarize pathways accessible to coaches and players in a bid.
He admits the job will not be made simpler by the kind of internet racism experienced by Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham and Paul Pogba amongst other people over the past few weeks, and the monkey noises directed at Romelu Lukaku if he scored for Inter Milan at Calgiari on Sunday.
“It is going to hurt – the way it is said and that says itcan have an effect,” said Rehman.
“What I would say is that Lukaku and Rashford have handled their situations quite well. They have said the proper things. But it is bound to influence them.”
Rehman has immense experience in the game.
A former player at also a qualified coach along with Brentford, he functions as an education adviser for the PFA and sits around the Premier League’s flagship’Elite Coach Apprenticeship Strategy’.
In addition, he is a trustee for the Zesh Rehman Foundation, which strives to induce social development, community cohesion and sports participation .
“Soccer reflects society,” he explained. “Racism is also in society.
“I’m sure it’s an impact.
“I’ve spoken to folks from Bradford who have taken their teams to championships where they’ve been abused. They’ve stopped doing this since they say nothing occurs. That may be the reason why Asians specifically don’t move into the game.
“But I do not think the whole of football is racist. There would not be no diversity, When it had been. There’s a minority who need more schooling.”
Is worried at the lack of British Asians specifically involved in soccer, both professionally and in grassroots level.
Zesh Rehman is with had spells at eight English clubs, most especially Bradford along with QPR City.
At Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury along with Swansea’s England Yan Dhanda, you will find British Asians in a high degree of soccer, although the amounts are small.
“At the present time, for Asians, it’s all about playing the game,” he said.
“They are likely 10 to 20 years away from where we’d like it to become. As for post-playing, you do not see many black trainers or managers on benches at matches British Asians.
“In actuality, my brother is the sole British Asian to possess his own Pro-Licence badge. If he would like to go down that path, he’ll most likely be the very first person to manage from the Premier League or even Championship.
“That could be massive. When it occurred, he would have a larger impact as a mentor or manager than he did as a player.”
Raya Ahmed is breaking soccer barriers in a way that is really different down.
The 23-year-old was still good enough to be spotted by a scout and started playing football when she had been at college.
If you do not find any role models, you need to become one
By her own admission, the dearth of British players intimidated her and quit after a single moment.
Undeterred, Ahmed obtained a diploma in sport science. She did a little coaching.
She has been named as a engagement officer at Crystal Palace.
“After I got to Wimbledon, what made me not want to continue was a lack of assurance. I was 16. You didn’t see many Asians enjoying football,” she said.
“Now I am working together with females, engaging them. Receive as many females as I can and I would like to inspire them in the game, no matter what their background is, how old they really are or what area they come from.
“I convey to them exactly what I said to myself once when I was 16. You need to fight your fears. No-one within my peer group, both at school or college, thought of soccer for a career.
“You will need to drive yourself. Get on the market. If you do not find any part models, you want to eventually become one. If you get on the market, somebody will accompany you.”
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