Leeds and Manchester City players ‘take the knee’ before their Premier League clash – Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Mirror Online: LONDON, England – English football’s black coaches have launched a powerful new body aimed at tackling the game’s racism crisis.

Football’s Black Coalition (FBC) will lobby the game’s powerbrokers over the issues that have left the sport with just a handful of black managers, one black referee and zero black representation in decision-making positions at the top of the FA, the Premier League and the EFL.

It opens up the very real possibility of a black players’ union with stars past and present unhappy at the lack of action to deal with conscious and unconscious bias.

A source told Mirror Sport: “Football has a distinct lack of senior black role models even though they’ve proven their leadership and administrative ability.

“But we are still seeing decisions taken by people who don’t understand the black experience or are unwilling to use their experience to bring about change.”

FBC has grown rapidly during the summer with current and former players joining forces with coaches to push for change.

The independent body will hold the game to account in a far more uncompromising way than anti-racism watchdogs Kick It Out who are funded by football’s stakeholders.

FBC aims to speak with one voice for players at all levels of the game with many outside the Premier League frustrated that their issues are ignored.

Last month Sevenoaks Town escaped FA action after their FA Cup tie was abandoned due to alleged racism from the crowd.

Last season Jonathan Leko was forced to wait nearly seven months for justice after complaining of being called a n***** by Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla.

Casilla received an eight-match ban (Image: PA)

Casilla was then rewarded with the captain’s armband when he returned to the side.

Casilla’s eight-match ban also sparked anger with an independent commission rejecting the FA’s push for a 10-game ban.

“The message has been lost,” he said. “It is now not dissimilar to a fancy hashtag or a nice pin badge.
“Taking the knee will not bring about change in the game – actions will.”