Saka, Rashford And Sterling Top The Premier League Names On Football’s Black List

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Bukayo Saka Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling Top the Premier League Names on Footballs Blacklist


Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Raheem Sterling lead the Premier League names on the Football Black List, an initiative highlighting the game’s most influential black figures.

The Premier League trio were named alongside Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira, the only black manager in England’s top flight, while Burnley’s Vincent Kompany was also named as a coach.

The black figures working behind the scenes in football are also included on the list. Brentford non-executive director Deji Davies, the Premier League’s only black board member, and QPR sporting director Les Ferdinand, the game’s only black individual, are also named.

Overall, there are eight categories on the Football Black List: administration, coaching and management, commercial, community, players, LGBTQ+, media, and practitioners.

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

“We are delighted to be sharing another incredible and inspirational Football Black List. Black excellence shines so brightly in the game and this list underlines that,” said Leon Mann MBE, co-founder of the Football Black List.

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

“However, we are highlighting those leading the way. We are proud of these individuals and the impact they are making.”

See below for the full Football Black List 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, The FA

Jobi McAnuff, The FA

Les Ferdinand, QPR

Maheta Molango, PFA

Sarah Gregorius, FIFPRO

Coaching and Management

Aubrey Rogers, Liverpool FC

Danetta Powell, Birmingham City FC

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 Grassroots

Andrew Lovelace, Watford Ladies FC

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

Kerry Phillips, Saving Souls FC

Simon Hyacinth, FURD

Trisha Lewis, Romance FC


Dr. Michael Seeraj, Charlton Athletic Community Trust

Lianne Sanderson, talkSPORT


Carl Anka, The Athletic

Fatou Jeng, BT Sport

Jemma Archer, Whisper Productions

Pippa Monique, The Football 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

Ugo Ehiogu’s Ones 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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