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Asian Football

March 12, 2009


Source:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7914439.stm


The BBC Asian Network reports that Chelsea are looking to target the Asian Community for potential star footballers. Indeed, statistics show that there are only 7 UK-born Asians playing in England’s top four divisions (93 league clubs), with none of these players now in the Premiership. The 7 players are:

  1. Michael Chopra (Cardiff)
  2. Zesh Rehman (QPR, but on loan to Bradford City)
  3. Aman Verma (Leicester City)
  4. Anwar Uddin (Dagenham)
  5. Adnan Ahmed (Port Vale)
  6. Rikki Baines (Macclesfield Town)
  7. Netan Sansara (Walsall)


Bobby Barnes (the assistant chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association) has been quoted as saying: “Chelsea are a business and a very successful football club. I think they have looked at not only the social reason but also looked at the marketing opportunities of this and realised there is a massive football-loving Asian market to be tapped into,” he stated.

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