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Thursday 24 January 2019

Hughton: Big jobs for black people would curb racism

Brighton manager Chris Hughton
Brighton manager Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton believes black people must be given top Premier League and FA jobs if football wants to eradicate racism.

During a week in which Chelsea have criticised their own supporters for singing anti-Semitic chants and suspended four fans after Raheem Sterling claimed he was racially abused at Stamford Bridge, the topic is again under scrutiny.

Brighton boss Hughton and Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo are the Premier League's only two black managers.

Hughton said: "I've always thought about inclusion in our game, and that means management at top level, board level.

"If I'm looking at the FA and Premier League it's that type of inclusion in the top roles. I've spoken about what I feel is the lack of black managers at the highest level. What's good for our game is total inclusion - and I think it's what everybody wants to see.''

Brighton host Chelsea tomorrow and Hughton will hand striker Jose Izquierdo a late fitness test before selecting his team. He added: "We're going to see whether Izquierdo can train. We have everybody else available.''

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