A leading Premier League star has dismissed a claim from Tory MP Kemi Badenoch that so-called ‘white privilege’ does not exist.
Badenoch, the women and equalities minister, made the claim during a Commons debate on Black History Month last week.
She insisted the government does not want white children being taught about “white privilege and their inherited racial guilt”.
But England and Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings pushed back as he launched the Football Association’s new Diversity Code to address the racial imbalance in management and administration positions in the domestic game.
England manager Gareth Southgate admitted earlier this year that he was the beneficiary of ‘white privilege’ as he made the move from playing to management.
Just one of the 20 current Premier League managers, however, is black.
Only a handful of the 91 in the English game are non-white. There is only one black referee in the professional English game and there are zero black members of the FA board.
Mings said: “I think the fact that we are creating this code, the fact that the FA have implemented a structure which means that now – at every age group – there is a black or ethnic minority coach, shows that there is work to be done.
It has been a hectic season so far – so make sure you don’t miss a single thing by signing up for the brilliant new Mirror Football newsletter!
All the latest transfer news and big stories will land straight into your inbox. You won’t miss out.
To sign up, put your email at the top of this article or follow the instructions on this link.
“History shows there have been a lot more white people taking up the jobs. I don’t think that is really representative of football, and I guess we have to stay on top of it.
“Football and their leadership panel and the FA? – majority white.
“If you look at every other elite sport, I think it was during lockdown that they posted the British sport senior management figures and the make up of black positions in senior management was ridiculously low.
“We are getting to a point now where we have to speak about whether it [white privilege] exists or not.
“But the fact that we are having to create codes to try and improve our visibility in sport, proves that somewhere along the way those opportunities have been blocked and they have been more difficult to come by.”