British Asians in football: What happened to Football Association strategy?

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Only four British footballers of South Asian descent have played in the Premier LeagueIt is six years since the Football Association outlined its intention to come up with a plan to help British Asians make an impact on English football. The FA’s strategy – Bringing Opportunities to Communities – was subsequently published in 2015 and updated earlier this year. Its aim was to increase the number of Asians at grassroots level in both a playing and coaching capacity in the hope and belief that they filter up the pyramid on a more regular basis. In the highest echelons of the game, that has not yet happened. By the end of the 2018-19 season, only four British footballers of South Asian descent (that includes Pakistani, Indian or Bangladeshi) have played in the Premier League – Neil Taylor, Michael Chopra, Hamza Choudhury and Zesh Rehman.Danny Batth looked like he would join them, but left Wolverhampton Wanderers for Stoke City in January without playing a top-flight game.According to the Professional Footballers’ Association, there are just 12 players of South Asian heritage across the Premier League and the English Football League.Why the lack of representation?

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