Eni Aluko calls for 30% of BAME representation in boardrooms of UK sport

Former England international Eni Aluko has backed the introduction of a target to ensure 30 per cent of sports boards are made up of BAME individuals.

The current Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted the discrepancy between on-pitch representation for people from BAME backgrounds and the lack of managers and boardroom representatives.

Aluko, who is now in a leadership role at Villa, addressed MPs at a hearing of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee on Tuesday morning and insisted there is still a ‘glass ceiling’ for people from ethnic backgrounds in management and in the boardroom.

‘At this point we have to (have a target),’ she told MPs.

‘There has to be something intentional about the change. When you rely on self-regulation, (clubs and governing bodies) fall back into a comfort zone.’

‘That was a mandatory rule which instinctively changed recruitment behaviour,’ she added.

‘Whether owners and directors like it or not, this is something the game needs to do.’

Aluko’s comments come after a report in the Daily Telegraph in June which found only three per cent of board members in taxpayer-funded UK sports governing bodies were black.

Wolves’ Nuno Espirito Santo is the only manager in the Premier League from a BAME background and there are only four in the entire English professional game.

Aluko – a 102-cap England international – faced racism herself, complaining to the FA in 2016 about issues within the national women’s team.

Isaac Darko
Isaac Darko is the lead Combat Sports writer for AfroBallers. He is an expert in Boxing, Mixed Martial Art and Wrestling reportage. Isaac is a journalist with newfound love for athlete management and digital media.

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