October 16, 2015, by Michael Jennings

Tackling discrimination in football – our conversation with Brendon Batson & Troy Townsend

On Thursday 15 October, University of Nottingham Sport were delighted to welcome ex-West Brom footballer Brendon Batson and Troy Townsend, Education and Development Manager with Kick It Out, for a conversation about racism and discrimination in football.

It was fascinating but often shocking to hear these speakers talk about their personal experiences both on and off the pitch. Both Brendon and Troy have done a lot of work to fight racial discrimination in the sport, and Brendon’s prolific career with West Brom from 1978 to 1982 meant that he saw a lot of abuse first-hand. This really was a unique chance for students, staff and the public to hear about the challenges BME communities have seen and continue to face in football, and there was also an insight into other issues in the sport including homophobia.

@UoNResearch were there to tweet live highlights, which we’ve gathered into Storify along with comments from the audience. Read our Storify or view it as a slideshow below.

A huge thank you once more to Brendon, Troy, Kick It out and our host for the evening Sam Bell-Minogue, Assistant Director of Sport (Participation).

We’ve still got plenty of events coming up for Black History Month, so check our programme.

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