Former England football international, Sulzeer Jeremiah “Sol” Campbell, has launched a controversial attack towards the English Football Association (The FA) accusing them of being racist.
The 39-year-old, who played for Arsenal, Tottenham, Portsmouth and Newcastle United, has said the FA and the England fans were and are unfavorable towards a Black or mixed-race Captain for the National team.
Campbell, who earned 79 caps for England, has said in his biography “If I was White, I would have been Captain for 10 years. It’s as simple as that”.
“ I think The FA wished I was White. I had the credibility, performance-wise, to be Captain.”
“I don’t think it will change because they don’t want it to, and probably the majority of the fans don’t want it, either.”
“It’s alright to have Black Captains and mixed-race in the under-18s and under-21s but not dot the full national side.”
“There is a ceiling and although no one has ever said it, I believe it’s made of glass.”
Campbell did in fact captain the national side however only in friendly matches against Belgium, Czech Republic and United States.
He also went on to criticise the selection of Michael Owen as Captain ahead of himself saying “Michael Owen was made Captain ahead of me. I thought ‘What is going on here?’ I think The FA didn’t want me to have a voice.”
“Owen was a fantastic Forward but nowhere near being a Captain.”
“I’ve asked myself many times why I wasn’t [named Captain]. I keep coming up with the same answer. It was the colour of my skin.”
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