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Leicester Academic Honoured by Football Black List 2022 Inclusion

A Leicester academic has been named on the Football Black List 2022, alongside the likes of Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Stirling.

Dr Paul Campbell, who works at the University of Leicester, has been named on the list, which highlights the most influential black figures in English football across the industry.

Leicester Time: Leicester Academic Honoured by Football Black List 2022 Inclusion
Dr Paul Campbell (University of Leicester)

Dr Campbell is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of race and inclusion with particular focus on sport.

He is a leading voice in the study of the experience of black footballers in British football.

Currently, Dr Paul Campbell is researching the social and historical experiences of Black women footballers in local football networks. 

He is also researching the reproduction of racial stereotypes in sports video games, including the FIFA franchise (soon to be renamed EA Sports FC).

Dr Campbell is one of five practitioners to be recognised by The Football Black List and the only person to be recognised from a British university.

“To have been recognised with this award is an unbelievable and humbling honour, especially when you see the list of pioneering women and men who have been recognised previously and in this year’s list,” said Dr Campbell, who is also the Inaugural Director of the University of Leicester Institute for Inclusivity in Higher Education.

“It is also testament to the contribution of public sociology and research to making a positive change for racial equity in football, sport and in the communities we serve.”

The Football Black List was founded in 2008 by Leon Mann MBE and Rodney Hinds. It has become the most respected celebration of African and Caribbean achievement in the British game.

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