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Ahmed hopes that with Almira as a role model, more future stars from the country will be encouraged to participate in sport: “I’m amazed with the talent we have in Pakistan’s women national football team, no one was willing to turn the page of excellent opportunities for these ladies, until I took the first step. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Despite making up seven per cent of the United Kingdom’s population, only 11 British South Asians have played professional football in England. [22], In August 2007, trials were organised by the Pakistan Football Federation in Rotherham, South Yorkshire for British Pakistanis players to attend a training camp with the Pakistan national team. Indian Footballer's Death reveals Shock of having Two Wives, Manveer Panesar a promising Asian footballer, Indian Footballer Bidyananda Singh impresses Barcelona, Footballer and Sports Therapist Saddiqa Shan, Indian Footballer Dies after Goal Celebration, ‘The Execution of Bhagat Singh’ by Professor Satvinder Singh Juss, 12 Things to Know before Visiting Pakistan, An Insight into ‘This Way To The Revolution’, Aaron Virdee and “Walking with Jelly Babies”, Jay Shetty talks Think Like A Monk, Life & Pressure, Textile Firms supplying Boohoo involved in Money Laundering, Boy aged 13 runs successful Online Computer Business, BAME People asked to Volunteer for Clinical Studies, Boris Johnson unveils ‘Three-Tier’ Lockdown System, Indian Father arrested for Raping 10-year-old Daughter, Shekhar Suman says SSR ‘Deserves Dignity in Death’. ", "Why is Swansea's Neil Taylor the only British Asian in the Premier League? Her motto is: “Life is too short, so eat dessert first!”. Where are the Asian footballers in the Premier League? Fahad hopes that many of these players will be able to continue their careers internationally: “England is a good base to pursue a professional footballing career, and we just want our players to have this opportunity to progress.”. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? The result of the almost complete absence of representation is a general reticence from families to push for change. Finally, there is still a massive lack of opportunities.”.

The changing room environment is never easy and being a Muslim footballer, I don’t drink. It is a damning statistic, and one that sits at the forefront of Kashif Siddiqi’s life. If you’re getting pushed back, you need to push back even harder. Why can’t we just be South Asian footballers?”. “But I think the real question is whether the right work is being done. The midfielder has already represented Pakistan in the South Asian Football Women’s Championship in November 2014. “As bad as it sounds, nothing else is working,” he says. That’s what Altus tries to do.”, Only 11 British South Asians have played professional football in England, Siddiqi is working to break down the barriers for young players. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. You can’t blame anyone for it – the South Asian community has to take responsibility for it as much as mainstream society. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Firstly, I think there is a lack of role models for families to push on because, realistically, if there are no role models why would people want their children to be in that sport? ", "Why Asian fans shun clubs like Oldham and Burnley", "Increasing Asian participation in football", "British Asians plan delayed by FA as it seeks further talks", "FA chairman Greg Dyke: More Asians needed in football", "Former Bantam in running for top Asian award", "Asian footballers call out 'systemic racism' in grassroots football", "British Asian footballer Yan Dhanda: Racist abuse drives me on even more", "Why Leicester City's local lad Hamza Choudhury really stands out", "Wolves skipper Danny Batth left frustrated by his quest to play for India", "Michael Chopra: 'I want to be Indian football's Tendulkar, "Rangers are right to tap into Indian market by looking at stars, says former player Jazz Juttla", "I want to be a role model to young Asians who love football, says Partick Thistle starlet Aaron Singh Sekhon", "Partick Thistle young star Aaron Sekhon shortlisted for top Asian award", "Football in India is growing – Swansea City's Neil Taylor", "Interview: Tony Asghar denies 'untoward' dealings at Dundee United", "Aston Villa's Easah Suliman hopes to set standard for England's Asian footballers", "Kilmarnock FC: Legend Eddie Morrison dies", "Perry Ng signs new Crewe deal, keen to play for Singapore",, Articles needing additional references from September 2012, All articles needing additional references, Wikipedia articles in need of updating from July 2020, All Wikipedia articles in need of updating, Articles needing additional references from August 2016, Association football player non-biographical articles, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. PTV Sports used to show Barclays Premier League but this season they haven't. “Getting into Europe will be a game changer not only for Pakistan but also for Europe who will have an opening for skilled players with such diversity. With the help of Shehneela and the PFF, Almira hopes this historic moment will launch her career in professional football. But still, it isnt reliable because there are multiple matches coming on at the same time.
[31], The Football Association has held meetings on the matter of British Asians in association football,[32] and they launched a campaign in 2013 to increase British Asians in football,[33] though in March 2014 it announced plans to increase the number of British Asians in football would be delayed. Despite making up seven per cent of the United Kingdom’s population, only 11 British South Asians have played professional football in England. [4] By contrast, at the time of the 2011 census around 7.5% of the population of England was of Asian descent – a ratio of footballers mirroring this would be 300 out of the 4,000.

The plight of British Asian players is not dissimilar to the challenge faced by ethnic minority managers and for Siddiqi, a Rooney Rule equivalent would be welcomed.

She has also played with Luton Town FC. In all likelihood the defender, who is of English and Sikh Punjabi descent, will be a Premier League captain next season. [14], In 2011, British-Pakistani footballer Kashif Siddiqi founded the Kashif Siddiqi Foundation, with the aim to encourage increase the participation of British Asians in association football.
Players that have lived and breathed the system could possibly get involved and become more of a voice.”. Today former Premier League footballer and German international Thomas Hitzlsperger announces he is gay, and he would like to support gay footballers to come out of the cabinet and we at tsmplug decided to do a research about some of the famouse athletes, mainly footaballers to find out the list of top 10 homosexual footballers. DESIblitz is a ® registered trade mark |, Aisha an English literature graduate, is a keen editorial writer. “It’s so important to highlight the amount of passion that does exist for football in the British Asian community. Shehneela has the backing and full support of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) and Pakistan national women footballers. There is, Siddiqi admits, a fear of racial abuse. This big breakthrough has been championed by Britain’s and World’s first Asian female football agent for the English FA, Shehneela Ahmed. “I think there is a lot of work being done,” Siddiqi says. First British Asian to represent England in official matches at any level. There appears to be a gap widening between grassroots and professional football.”. “I think there are three different issues facing young British Asians in football. [26], In December 1999, a Scottish Asian football fan publicly spoke out about the racism he had encountered at Rangers. Born in Australia to a British father and an Indian mother, Born in Australia to a British father and an Indian Mother. Supported by the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), Platinum FA’s, Shehneela Ahmed has made history by bringing Pakistani women’s footballer, Almira Rafeeque, to play in England’s Premier League. “Our women’s national team has players from various religious and ethnic backgrounds, belonging to different social factions and come from areas where women is perceived to be suppressed like Baluchistan, interior Sindh, southern Punjab, FATA, [and] Gilgit.”.

It’s hard for a young boy coming through to really embrace that culture. In August 2014 Chopra stated that he wanted to play for India at international level. [28] However, research in 2013 by the BBC found that only 1% of fans of teams in the North West of England are Asian, despite making up 20% of the population of some areas. Secondly, I think there needs to be a lot more education on health and nutrition. “We probably have to twist a few arms in order to make it work. Whereas, when you look at children within faith establishments that are isolated from sport and integration, when they are faced with that difficult situation they don’t know how to deal with it.”. [25] Two players found on the trial later signed with Southend United and Leyton Orient, and in May 2010 Chelsea launched a second initiative, with the aim to find six young British Asian players. ", "Liverpool sign Yan Dhanda on professional deal", "Premier League: Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur – 2:1", "Adil Nabi: Ex-West Brom midfielder on playing with Roberto Carlos, Greece & inspiring youngsters", "British Asians in football: What happened to Football Association strategy? “It’s the million-dollar question,” he says of the lack of progress in improving participation levels. “I’ve had issues at clubs that I’ve played for with fans – all kinds of stuff,” he says. It’s sad but it comes as part of the package. [8], Roger Verdi, of Indian origin, was forced to change his name because of racism, and had to move to the United States to start a professional career.

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