Marcus Rashford, Alex Scott: Which players made the Football Black List?

Marcus Rashford and Alex Scott are among the names included on this year’s Football Black List, which recognises the work of black figures in different areas of the sport

Marcus Rashford and Alex Scott are among the names included on this year’s Football Black List, which recognises the work of black figures in different areas of the sport.

The full list is divided into categories – players, administration, coaching and management, commercial, community and grassroots, LGBTQ+, media and practitioners.

A number of female players are included in the list, including Nikita Parris, a forward for Women’s Super League team Arsenal and England.

Parris has previously played for Everton, Manchester City and Lyon, winning the Champions League with the last-mentioned club.

She is joined on the list by Aston Villa’s Anita Asante, who has previously plied her trade with Arsenal, Chelsea, Sky Blue FC, Göteborg and FC Rosengård. The 36-year-old has also made 70 caps for England.

Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford, who has gained widespread recognition for his work tackling child food poverty, rounds off the player category with Fulham’s Cyrus Christie and Brentford’s Ivan Toney.

Scott is named on the media list for her work as a pundit and presenter. She is currently the face of the BBC’s Football Focus, succeeding Dan Walker in May to become the programme's first permanent female host. 

Nikita Parris was named on the Football Black List

The 37-year-old is a former footballer, spending the vast majority of her career with Arsenal and winning every possible honour with the club, including the Champions League. She played 140 times for England and featured at three World Cups.

Other women on the list include Wrexham FC chief executive Fleur Robinson, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation chief executive Sarah Ebanja, and Football v Homophobia youth panel education officer Amy Allard-Dunbar.

The Football Black List was first published in 2008. It is decided on by a panel of experts with representatives from the Premier League, Professional Footballers' Association, League Managers' Association, EFL and anti-racism group Kick It Out.

"Black excellence in football is regularly talked about on the pitch – and we want to help highlight the contribution of black leaders off the field in the sport, too," said Football Black List co-founder Leon Mann, who is planning an online celebration for those recognised. 

"This list of influential game-changers is a snapshot of the contribution black communities are making to football.

"Those named today join an illustrious group who have featured on the list over the last decade – including the likes of Raheem Sterling, Ian Wright, Hope Powell, Rio Ferdinand, Herman Ouseley and Rachel Yankey."

The Football Black List can be found in full here

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