Sky Sports meets some of the black English players who were on the receiving end of racist abuse during the 70s and 80s. We hear from Viv Anderson and Brendon Batson, two incredible players who suffered awful discrimination during their careers.
The two were trailblazers in football and showed people all over Britain why it was ridiculous to exclude black players from the game. Despite being amongst the best in England, fans still hurled abuse at them, game after game. Famous footballer Cyrille Regis even had his life threatened when he got a call-up to the England squad, saying that he would be killed if he played for his nation.
Sadly, the documentary reveals how these issues aren’t just in the past. Recently, England players were the victims of racist chanting during their Euros qualifying game with Bulgaria. In the doc, we also hear from Liverpool and England prospect Rhian Brewster. Despite just being 17 years old, Rhian has been the victim of racist chanting on multiple occasions. It’s a moving documentary that goes into the dark history of English football and shows us how the spectre of racism still hangs over the beautiful game.
Sky Sports|No Room For Racism|Documentary
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