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Mourinho insists there is no racism in soccer

AFP, LONDON

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Friday said that there is “no racism in football” after being asked to comment on the relative paucity of black managers in English soccer.

Gordon Taylor, chief executive of English and Welsh players’ union the Professional Footballers’ Association, believes there is “hidden racism” in the sport and has called for the introduction of something akin to the “Rooney Rule.”

Used in American football, the Rooney Rule guarantees that ethnic minority candidates appear on shortlists for high-profile coaching positions, but Mourinho said he does not believe that is necessary in English soccer.

“There is no racism in football,” Mourinho told a press conference ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Arsenal today. “If you are good, you are good. If you are good, you get the job. If you are good, you prove that you deserve the job. Football is not stupid to close the doors to top people — If you are top, you are top.”

Only two of the managers currently in charge of the 92 clubs in England’s top four tiers are black: Huddersfield Town’s Chris Powell and Keith Curle of Carlisle United.

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