Yes, almost half of the players on the England squad that made it to the WC semis are black or biracial. I lived in England during the 70s and 80s, and witnessed how poorly black players were treated. I thought the game had made progress. Evidentally it hasn’t.

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Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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