The Guardian have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is part of an eight-member panel that will draw up plans to increase the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic people in football.

With the Black Lives Matter protests taking centre stage in different parts of the world recently, the issue of racism in football has been on the forefront.

Premier League players have taken the knee at the start of every game to convey their support to the fight for racial equality but there is still a big issue with respect to representation of members from minority communities at the senior level in the game.

In a step to help rectify the problem, the Football Association are set to formulate a Leadership Diversity Code, that is aimed at overturning systemic inequalities that stop members from the BAME community from taking up senior roles in the game.

The eight-member panel that Kane is part of will be consulted over the formation of the code. While the full details of the code are yet to be finalised, mandatory targets for BAME representation at the board level are expected to be part of the plans.

Along with Kane, Tyrone Mings, Nikita Parris, Wes Morgan, Jordan Henderson, Lucy Bronze, Leah Williamson and Troy Deeney make up the panel.

Spurs Web Opinion

This move by the FA is a step in the right direction but it is a mere drop in the ocean. A lot more has to be done in order to ensure people from minority communities do not have hurdles to holding senior roles in football. The scarcity of black coaches, in particular, is quite alarming considering the proportion of black players in the game.

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