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      LFC accused of Racism
      Dec 28, 2023 08:12:40 pm
      British Asian man sues Liverpool FC over ‘racial discrimination’
               

      Asad Farooq, 25, claims club rejected his job application in favour of someone less experienced         

      A British Asian man is suing Liverpool Football Club, claiming it racially discriminated against him by rejecting his application for a job in favour of someone less experienced.

      Asad Farooq, 25, has a degree in stadium and event management, and has worked for Tottenham Hotspur and at the Qatar World Cup, but was not invited for an interview when he applied to Liverpool in November last year for a job in administration.

       The advertised role said the candidate would ideally “have experience of working in an elite sporting environment”, leading Farooq to believe he had a good chance of landing it.

      However, he was subsequently told, in a message seen by the Guardian, that “the level of experience you demonstrated in your application was not as strong as the candidates that were taken forward for interview”.

      After spotting that the person appointed to the role – according to their LinkedIn profile – had no football experience and just one full-time job since graduation, Farooq instructed Yunus Lunat, a lawyer who was the first Muslim to sit on the Football Association (FA) council and was ethnic minority representative on Liverpool’s official supporters’ committee.

      Liverpool supporter Farooq, who lives in Birmingham, said: “As a south Asian, I’ve worked really hard to get my foot into the door and nobody seems to be giving me any opportunities.

      “I’m more than capable of doing the [Liverpool] job. I’m not going to drop this, because they’re claiming that they are all about diversity, they’re claiming that they want south Asians to come into the football industry, but then they do these bad recruitment practices and don’t give us these opportunities.

      “They’re talking about how they want to break down barriers but this is not breaking down barriers.”

      Farooq said he has asked the club for its diversity statistics but it has refused to provide them.     


       The only publicly available figures are in the FA’s 2022-23 Football Leadership Diversity Code report, which sets a target of 15% of new hires in senior leadership and in team operations roles to be black, Asian or mixed-heritage. Liverpool’s results for new hires were 0% and 9% respectively, compared with 9.1% and 11.2% across all 54 signed up clubs. In interview shortlists at Liverpool, 82% had at least one male black, Asian or mixed-heritage candidate and 68% had at least one female black, Asian or mixed-heritage candidate.

        Liverpool’s website says it is “striving to lead the way when it comes to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)” and the club holds the Premier League’s highest honour for EDI.

      The club declined to comment on Farooq’s case while proceedings are live or to provide diversity data to the Guardian. It is anticipated that it will try to get the case thrown out at an employment tribunal hearing in March.

      Lunat said when he approached Liverpool on Farooq’s behalf the club gave a different reason for rejecting his application, claiming it was because of his salary demands.

      Farooq said it later emerged that the person picked for the role that he unsuccessfully applied for was only temporary and had been replaced by someone else, although they were given another job within the club.       

      Farooq, who also has more than 500 hours of volunteering with the FA as a team liaison officer, said: “If you’ve got an issue with diversity, how can you give somebody a position on a temporary basis when they clearly don’t meet the job description and then give them a full-time role afterwards?

      “They could have come back to me and said: ‘Look, Asad, we’ve got an issue right now where this full-time employee that we’ve got coming into the club, it’s going to take a little while for him to come, this is the salary, are you willing to come for an interview?’”

      Lunat, a partner at Ison Harrison in Leeds, said: “It is rare, if ever, that a real-life case will arise which can be used to emphasise that despite regular talk shops and initiatives, nothing will change unless there is transparency and a change in attitudes.

      “Remember, we’ve always been told that there are no Asian footballers because Asian parents have focused on education. It seems that despite being educated and qualified, Asians do not get opportunities in sports administration.

      “It is a sad indictment of the football workforce that there has been little if any improvement in its race demographics in the last 20 years and I am still churning out the same comments and statements.”

         https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/dec/28/british-asian-man-sues-liverpool-fc-over-racial-discrimination?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other     
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      Re: LFC accused of Racism
      Reply #1: Dec 29, 2023 08:05:18 am
      Surely the club has the right to give the job and therefore their money to the candidate they want too? I highly doubt the reason for not inviting him for an interview was his ethnicity.
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      Reply #2: Dec 29, 2023 08:18:20 am
      He applied for a job requiring working in an elite sporting environment? Surely working for spurs doesn't count.
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      Reply #3: Dec 29, 2023 08:20:17 am
      He applied for a job requiring working in an elite sporting environment? Surely working for spurs doesn't count.

      Ahh yes the devil was in the detail
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      Reply #4: Dec 29, 2023 08:29:35 am
      I mean the club already has a number of Muslim players, at one point even Zaf Iqbal was the club's physio. I don't see what his point is.
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      Reply #5: Dec 29, 2023 08:47:26 am
      I mean the club already has a number of Muslim players, at one point even Zaf Iqbal was the club's physio. I don't see what his point is.

      Sore grapes.

      Nothing that will effect the team or the FA can do against us. It is a legal aspect/argument.
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      Reply #6: Dec 29, 2023 11:14:08 am
      I mean the club already has a number of Muslim players, at one point even Zaf Iqbal was the club's physio. I don't see what his point is.

      The point is he didn’t get the job he wanted. 🤷‍♂️  therefore has to find reason for it to be someone else’s fault.
      Usually if you’re no successful with a job application there’s good reason.
      Could it be his personality? Or perhaps he was overqualified and therefore requested a higher salary than was offered for the role 🤷‍♂️
      There’s a multitude of reasons it could be other than racism
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      Reply #7: Dec 29, 2023 11:38:58 am
      Calls himself a Liverpool fan. Just sounds like a 🔔 🔚 to me. That's probably why he didn't get it.
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      Reply #8: Dec 29, 2023 11:45:06 am
      Another jumping on the racism train , didn’t get the job cry like a bi*ch , and call racism its fckin pathetic , how toxic this country has become , at the end of the day the club should have the right to pick who the hell it wants for the job , just because you got a degree don’t mean your great for the job , half the cu*ts I see on site these days in management are fckin useless .
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      Re: LFC accused of Racism
      Reply #9: Dec 29, 2023 01:00:40 pm
      Just a spoilt brat who has never been told no and can't accept he didn't get the job, how dare someone else get it.
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      Re: LFC accused of Racism
      Reply #10: Dec 29, 2023 01:21:59 pm
      Could it be a little jealousy here
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      Re: LFC accused of Racism
      Reply #11: Dec 29, 2023 01:24:28 pm
      Playing the Race card, daft tw*t.
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      Reply #12: Dec 29, 2023 03:32:05 pm
      Didn’t get the job!. Pulls the race card, give your head a wobble mate.
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      Re: LFC accused of Racism
      Reply #13: Dec 29, 2023 03:35:29 pm
      Ridiculous assumption, to complain that the club is being racist. Meaning anyone can use the racist card, if they are turned down for a position. The whole world has gone mad, in my view.
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      Reply #14: Dec 29, 2023 04:03:10 pm
      British Asian man sues Liverpool FC over ‘racial discrimination’
               
      The advertised role said the candidate would ideally “have experience of working in an elite sporting environment”, leading Farooq to believe he had a good chance of landing it.

      However, he was subsequently told, in a message seen by the Guardian, that “the level of experience you demonstrated in your application was not as strong as the candidates that were taken forward for interview”.

      After spotting that the person appointed to the role – according to their LinkedIn profile – had no football experience and just one full-time job since graduation, Farooq instructed Yunus Lunat, a lawyer who was the first Muslim to sit on the Football Association (FA) council and was ethnic minority representative on Liverpool’s official supporters’ committee.

      Well that’s the candidate’s basis and argument. It’s all subject to interpretation. That’s why lawyers exist.

      And we all know best when we are at the unfavourable end of some people’s interpretation. Yes that’s a horrible feeling.

      At least he gets to go to court to argue his case. Some situations have zero chance of appeal despite awful official’s wrongful interpretation of the laws. Like a handball or a VAR goal. Check complete.
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      Reply #15: Dec 29, 2023 04:18:40 pm
      Well that’s the candidate’s basis and argument. It’s all subject to interpretation. That’s why lawyers exist.

      And we all know best when we are at the unfavourable end of some people’s interpretation. Yes that’s a horrible feeling.

      At least he gets to go to court to argue his case. Some situations have zero chance of appeal despite awful official’s wrongful interpretation of the laws. Like a handball or a VAR goal. Check complete.

      He obviously after a bit of compensation from the club. If they have any sense the case will be thrown out. "Sense" being the key word.
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      Reply #16: Dec 29, 2023 04:35:21 pm
      If they hired someone with zero football experience then he has the right to feel aggrieved. However, I wonder if they interviewed other candidates who had football experience and turned them down. Who did they hire? Were they friends or family with someone at the club already (that happens a lot too)?
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      Reply #17: Dec 29, 2023 04:41:44 pm
      There are numerous cases where candidates for a position they are qualified for are overlooked for ethnicity reasons. None of us have a clue as to what did, or didn't influence the decision. Try to keep an open mind and hopefully the truth will come out.
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      Reply #18: Dec 29, 2023 04:55:09 pm
      Where I work we've had lots of candidates who've ticked the right boxes in terms of qualifications who've ended up frankly not being made of the right stuff. There are also those whose experience is its own qualification which often far outweighs other factors. Those who apply for more junior positions we tend to place a greater weight on other criteria including how they've performed in the interview. The defining feature of those who do well is usually not how well qualified they are on paper but how professional they are in their attitude towards work and their determination to do well for themselves and therefore the business.
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      Reply #19: Dec 29, 2023 05:32:56 pm
      Devil is in the detail with these things, no way of knowing from the brief journalistic summary of one side's point of view whether there's any merit in his case or not.

      Anyway, that's what the law is there for. If he can show he was actually discriminated against he'll probably win, and so he should. If he can't, he shouldn't, and almost certainly won't.
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      Reply #20: Dec 29, 2023 06:15:13 pm
      All I know is that card is getting played out in society far too often , I’m not suggesting it hasn’t happened in the past it may have but to suggest this club has racial undertones now I find frankly absurd considering the players and staff working at lfc from all kinds of backgrounds and origins,
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      Reply #21: Dec 29, 2023 10:56:02 pm
      All I know is that card is getting played out in society far too often

      Yea Elon Musk plays this card a lot
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      Reply #22: Dec 30, 2023 02:01:15 pm
      Who the F**k cares, the fella went for a job, didn’t get it, get over it ffs, he wasn’t the first and won’t be the last to be turned down, Race has F**k all to do with it unless you have alternative agenda, i dunno but I’m guessing there were White candidates who were also turned down, but they didn’t find any rooftops to shout out racial discrimination from did they??

      F**k Off….Nothing to see here !!


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