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Yan Dhanda slams Greg Clarke for his comments
Friday, 13th Nov 2020 14:41

Yan Dhanda, one of only ten Asian footballers in the UK has hit out at the ill thought out comments by Greg Clarke recently and delves deeper as to that they really mean to him as an ethnic minority in professional football.

On the day that Swansea City went hard against hate crime in football, and on social media platforms, Yan speaks out very clearly on his understanding of what Clarke’s comments really mean. In a well thought out interview he makes it more than clear where he stands in the light of Clarke’s recent narrative. ‘I don't understand how in 2020 someone that high up in the FA can be stereotyping Asian people," he said. "It has proved the point I have been making for many years. For someone so high up and powerful to say it is the proof in the pudding. If he's said that publicly, imagine the people who haven't said it but who are thinking it."Growing up I had loads of friends who wanted to be footballers and that's all they wanted to be so I know what Greg Clarke said is not the case. "I've had a lot of friends who played for professional teams but they've not made it and I don't understand how when they're as good as if not better than players who have - and I'm not just saying that because they're my friends. "Greg Clarke has put it out there now and people realise it's happening."

Dhanda, who is having the best season of his career to date at Swansea needs to be listened to. His grandparents moved to the UK from India back in the 1970s, began his footballing journey at West Brom as a youngster, before getting snapped up by Liverpool's academy at the age of 14. The former England youth international said he was fortunate enough that many of his contemporaries, also with Asian heritage, were given recognition at that age, too, but claims they were subsequently snubbed while inferior players were given further opportunities. How a club would go for an inferior player when they have quality on their hands, regardless of heritage will be mind boggling to the majority of football fans.

Today SWANSEA CITY made a clear statement in support of stopping any type of hate crime.

Swansea City will #TakeAStand and will not tolerate any hate crime or discriminatory behaviour via any of its social media channels. This includes but is not limited to:

Any content which is unlawful, harmful, or of a defamatory nature.
The promotion of illegal activity or violence.
Hate crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person's disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or transgender identity

Swansea Independent as always will support all stands against hate in football and will not tolerate any negativity or hate agenda against any person irrespective of culture, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or transgender identity. Any abuse towards or against any person on our forums - Or any social media platform will result in that person, IP address ( VPN’s don’t work when you register ) device used, internet provider, location and any other details we can uncover to the local police force of that person with a completed statement of complaint, signed, and confirming use of the evidence provided in any forum or court.

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