Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster teams up with fellow players to tackle racism
Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster is among a group of current and former players teaming up to help tackle racism in football.
The advisory board has been set up by anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out and is made up of representatives from the men’s and women’s game with a diversity of backgrounds across faith, sexuality and ethnicity.
“Their unique experiences will help shape Kick It Out’s ongoing strategy to tackle discrimination,” a spokesperson for the organisation said.
Brewster, an England U21 international, was racially abused on social media in March. In a 2017 interview, the 21-year-old revealed he was also racially abused on several occasions while playing for former club Liverpool and England’s U17 side.
Kick It Out’s head of player engagement Troy Townsend has provided support to Brewster in the past and will co-chair the board alongside former Burnley defender and PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle
Townsend said: "The players involved will help shape our visions and goals, and challenge us to be the best we can be. I’m really excited about the future and seeing what the players can bring to the organisation.”
Swansea City’s Yan Dhanda, who is of British Asian background and played with Brewster at Liverpool, is also on the board.
He said: “I want to use this platform to achieve positive change, and by working together we can definitely do this.”
Other current and former players on the board include: Anita Asante (Aston Villa), Holly Morgan (Leicester City), Gilly Flaherty (West Ham), Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers), Renee Hector (Watford), Mal Benning (Mansfield), Danny Mills (Dulwich Hamlet), Anwar Uddin (Aldershot Town), Marcus Gayle (Brentford ambassador).