Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been selected as one of the most influential Black individuals in British football as part of the Football Black List.
This initiative shines a spotlight on the individuals who are making a positive impact on the sport, both on and off the field.
Alongside Saka, five other active players were selected for their efforts in promoting inclusion, including England teammates Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling, Andre Gray of Aris and Jamaica, and Charlotte Lynch of Leyton Orient Women.
Lianne Sanderson, a former Gunner, was also acknowledged for her work in the LGBTQ+ category. This recognition celebrates the efforts of Black individuals and allies who work to challenge homophobia through football.
The Football Black List was founded in 2008 by journalists Leon Mann and Rodney Hinds and highlights leaders from the Black community who are making a difference across all areas of the game.
Nominations are made by the public and a panel of experts from the football industry and the Black community vote to determine the final list.
This year’s panel consisted of representatives from the Premier League, The Football Association, League Managers Association, English Football League, PGMOL, BCOMS, and Kick It Out.