Sir Alex Ferguson
Manager, Manchester United FC, Talking in 2003
There is one Asian professional footballer in England. That’s scandal. Why ? Because they feel excluded. Ask clubs such as Walsall or Bury, where the best teenage footballers are in their areas. They’ll say it’s the Asian kids who play on the street, and develop close control. Get them in, make them feel welcome.
Founder & Director, AsiaEurope Football
AsiaEurope Football Festival is a showcase for football bodies to join together and support Ethnic minorities in the UK to break down the stereotypical barriers.
Chief Executive, Sport England, Talking in 2003
Sport England supports the AsiaEurope Football Festival which is an impressive initiative to get more people from Asian and Ethnic communities involved in sport. There must be a wealth of talent among young Asian players which has yet to reach its full potential. This tournament can make that happen.
UK Prime Minister , Talking in 2003
I support the AsiaEurope Football festival in promoting Ethnic Football in the UK – I also want to pass on to everyone taking part my good wishes and for a successful festival.
Football is a game that must be open to all regardless of colour or ethnicity. I look forward to the time we have an Asian player playing in the Premier League and competing with the best.
I know there are a lot of talented young Asian Footballers playing the game. I would say don’t be discouraged, keep pushing for recognition, the breakthrough will come.
Dept. Of Culture, Media & Sport
The government is keen to see sport being used as a tool for bringing together Ethnic communities in the UK. We give our support to AsiaEurope Football in highlighting Ethnic Football in the UK. The Department wishes you every success on the weekend of the football festival.
The Football Association
We fully support the Aims and objectives of what AsiaEurope Football are doing in promoting Asian / Ethnic football in the UK.