Sky Sports News is shining a light on British Asians in football in a week-long campaign we hope will stimulate conversation and debate.
Kicking off on Monday August 26, we’ll hear from some of the most recognisable Asian players in English football history, and showcase some of the work done by community heroes at grassroots level.
British Asians are persons of South Asian descent who reside in the UK. In British English usage, the term Asian usually refers to people who trace their ancestry to South Asia, the Indian subcontinent in particular (former British Raj and Ceylon); i.e. modern countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka. (source: Wikipedia)
Britain’s South Asian community represents around five per cent of the total population, yet only two players from that community – Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury and Aston Villa’s Neil Taylor – are part of Premier League first-team squads.