In this special feature, Football Whispers investigates the startling dearth of British Asian professional footballers, despite their status as the largest minority ethnic group in the UK.
Even though British football has made progress when it comes to the racism and bigotry that blighted it for decades, British Asians remain severely underrepresented.
We travel to a non-league club working to improve diversity in their local community, coached by Anwar Uddin who, in the ninth tier, is the highest ranking British Asian manager in the English footballing pyramid.
From there, we travel to the offices of KickItOut, the go-to organisation for improving diverse participation in the national game to speak to Paul Mortimer, the former Charlton Athletic midfielder.
Mortimer speaks passionately in his role as KickItOut’s Professional Players’ Engagement Manager, and it quickly becomes clear British Asian participation is a problem.