Football Association to Graham Taylor: not to pick ‘too many’ black players for England

Graham Taylor denies allegations of FA’s advice on predominantly white football team

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

England’s former football manager Graham Taylor denied the claims that the Football Association tried to limit the black players of the national team.

Emy Onuora, author of the newly released book “Pitch Black”, claimed that two members of the Football Association called Taylor and said he should limit the number of the black players in the national team.

Taylor denied the claims of the author saying his records showed that he cannot be accused of “blocking the way for any black player.”

“Certainly never during my time at the Football Association I had no FA people coming up to me and telling me which team to pick and to pick less black players. I would have remembered that” he said.

“I never had any problems regarding team selection concerning black players from the Football Association...I’m going to have to take some form of legal advice here. To have my name linked into this kind of thing is totally wrong.”

The author  said that his main concern to mention Taylor in the book is to strike attention to the FA’s obsession of predominantly white image of the England team.

“There is no question of Taylor having acted on those instructions, but the episode raises some important questions as to how many other England managers were given the same instructions and therefore felt pressurised to limit the numbers of black players selected to play for the national side” he said.

English press agencies notified the Football Association  about the the claims of the book, but they did not comment on the subject.

English football teams employed black players for 30 years. Onuora’s allegations raised questions about FA’s attitude toward the black players, whether they applied pressure to other football managers on this subject, or not.

Graham Taylor is the manager of the England national football team from 1990 to 1993. He was a football manager from 1974 to 2003 in different football teams.

TRTWorld and agencies