Ozil aims to address lack of South Asians in football

Former Arsenal star Mesut Ozil hopes to boost the numbers of British South Asians breaking into professional football after helping launch a development centre in Bradford.

“The United Kingdom has a South Asian population of more than three million people, which amounts to seven per cent of the population.

Yet only 11 British South Asians have played the professional game in England.

In a bid to redress that stark imbalance, Fenerbahce midfielder Ozil joined forces with the Football Association and the Football for Peace organisation.”

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Football for Peace, led by former British South Asian player Kashif Siddiqi and the FA, is co-launching the Mesut Ozil Development Centre in Bradford, which has a large South Asian community.

Ozil has Turkish roots but represented Germany, the country of his birth, before quitting the international stage in 2018 in protest of “racism and disrespect”.

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