Football Black List: Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling lead Premier League names on shortlist | Football News

Football Black List: Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling lead Premier League names on shortlist | Football News

Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling top the Premier League names on football’s blacklist – a move to highlight the game’s most influential black figures.

The Premier League trio were named alongside Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira – the only black manager currently in the English top flight, while Burnley’s Vincent Kompany was also on the list from a coaching perspective.

The list also includes black figures working behind the scenes in football. Brentford non-executive director Deji Davies – the only black member of the Premier League board – and QPR sporting director Les Ferdinand, the only black individual in such a position in the game, are also appointed.

Overall, the football blacklist is divided into eight categories: administration, coaching and management, commercial, community, players, LGBTQ+, media and practitioners.

Image: Patrick Vieira is the Premier League’s only black manager

There’s also Ugo Ehiogu’s Ones To Watch list, which recognizes young talent in the industry under the age of 30.

“We are delighted to share another incredible and inspiring football blacklist. Black excellence shines so brightly in the game and this list highlights that,” said Football Blacklist co-founder Leon Mann MBE.

“I am particularly proud to see that the list now includes board members and managers at the top of the game, but it is clear that we still have a long way to go to see better representation in football.

“However, we recognize those who lead the way. We are proud of these people and the impact they are having.”

See below for the full football blacklist for 2022:


Andre Gray, Aris and Jamaica

Bukayo Saka, Arsenal FC and England

Charlotte Lynch, Leyton Orient Women

Marcus Rashford, Manchester United and England

Raheem Sterling, Chelsea FC and England


Deji Davies, FA

Jobi McAnuff, FA

Les Ferdinands, QPR

Maheta Molango, PFA

Sarah Gregorius, FIFPRO

Coaching and Management

Aubrey Rogers, Liverpool F.C.

Danetta Powell, Birmingham City F.C.

Patrick Vieira, Crystal Palace FC

Paul Nevin, West Ham United and England

Vincent Kompany, Burnley FC


Akinola Fashola, West Ham United FC

Akua Agyemfra, Merky and The Balley Consultancy

Freda Ayisi, Content Creator

Liseli Sitali, Sky Sports

Sofia Thomas, Juno Sports Tax

Community and base

Andrew Lovelace, Watford Ladies FC

Habib Olorukoba-Oseni, Cray Wanderers and Welling United Deaf FC

Kerry Phillips, FC Saving Souls

Simon Hyacinthe, FURD

Trisha Lewis, Romance FC


Dr. Michael Seeraj, Charlton Athletic Community Trust

Lianne Sanderson, talkSPORT


Carl Anka, athletics

Fatou Jeng, BT Sport

Jemma Archer, Whisper Productions

Pippa Monique, the soccer mum podcast

Nelson Kumah, BBC Sport


Ciaran Baxendale, football beyond borders

Iffy Onoura, Premier League

Lauren Impey, PGMOL

Michael Hamilton, AFC Wimbledon

Dr Paul Campbell, University of Leicester

Those of Ugo Ehiogu to watch

Cordell Lake-Benjamin, Palace for Life Foundation

Debra Nelson, Football Beyond Borders

J’nae Ward, Refresh Sport Consultancy and Productions

Siham Abdullahi, Buzz 16

Tyra Mills, Kinetic Foundation

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