Alexander-Arnold: Race comes into decisions at the top of football


Liverpool and England right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold wants to see greater diversity in the upper echelons of football – stating race still appears to be a factor in boardroom decisions.

The Premier League has backed Black Lives Matter since its restart this week, with players taking a knee at the start of games and their shirts bearing the name of the movement.

Alexander-Arnold's England team-mate Raheem Sterling recently highlighted the lack of BAME representation across boardrooms and in major coaching positions during an interview with BBC's Newsnight, and the 21-year-old agrees systemic change is long overdue.

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"Within the system, there's not enough equality. For that to change we need black people in the boardrooms," he told BT Sport in an interview with ex-Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand.

"We need equality from physios and kitmen, all the way up into the boardroom.

"We need everyone to have an opportunity. When you're looking at a transfer target, you don’t care what colour they are. You're looking based on what talent have they got.

"I feel as though whoever's making the decisions at the top – maybe on purpose or not – race does come into the thought process."

Alexander-Arnold feels a player like himself, with the platform to influence and make a difference, has a huge role to play in the fight against racism.

"Maybe I put pressure on myself because I know that's the right thing to do," he said.

"I've got a big platform, I know a lot of kids look up to me.

"It's not just about being a role model on the pitch. I want to be someone who feels as though I've made a change in the way that people think.

"If I get through my career and I haven't done that then I'd see that as a failure on my part."

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