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Football Black List 2020 celebrates black contribution to the game

22 Dec 2020

Event at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week recognised role models from black community in all areas of football

The achievements of black people from across the game, including in different areas of Premier League clubs, were celebrated in the fifth edition of the annual Football Black List event that was held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week.

The event, supported once more by the Premier League, recognises the contribution made by role models from the black community working throughout the game.

This includes players such as Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha and Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings but also people behind the scenes at Premier League clubs, such as Marie Gabriel CBE, chair of the West Ham United Foundation, West Ham’s commercial director Nathan Thompson and Tony Whelan, the assistant academy director at Manchester United.

Those working at grassroots level were also celebrated. 

"The Premier League is really proud to support the Black List event"

Bill Bush, Premier League Executive Director

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year's ceremony took place online, hosted from Spurs’ stadium by up-and-coming presenters Anita Nneka Jones and Jaydee Dyer.

The awards were announced by stars such as Ian Wright, Mings, Rachel Yankey, Micah Richards and Yaya Toure.

"The Premier League is really proud to support the Black List event," said Premier League Executive Director Bill Bush during the ceremony. "It’s grown every year and come a really long way, and with so much black talent and success in the game to celebrate it’s mining a rich seam.

"And whilst there’s a long way to go yet, we are in this for the journey."

Leon Mann, co-founder of the Black List, said: "It's been such a difficult year for everyone up and down the country but that wasn't going to stop us celebrating the incredible people on the Football Black List.

"If anything, it was even more important to recognise their contribution to football and society this year, given the challenges they would have had to overcome. 

"The Premier League has now supported the celebration for five years and we have formed a special relationship in that time.

"We could never have dreamed of making such a positive impact without this backing and we are excited about how we continue to develop the partnership going forward."

The 2020 Football Black List event in full

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