There has been more race debate in the Premier League currently than there was about the triple dead heat that happened the other weekend (you don’t need to tell me that was poor). Even Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X would need a bit of media respite, the hacks are hitting it so hard.
I’m not here to tiptoe around the hairpin landmine field that is racial tolerance, I’m quite happy with an unburnt home, but I will indulge in looking at racial diversity. Rather than analysing at what colours of people are nice to others, let us have a gander at race in its most primal definition; where people are from.
A demonstration of racial diversity will inevitably bring up two arguments:
1) A typical grumble from a large majority of Prem fans/English people in general this. The argument goes along the lines of ‘We should have more English players’ ‘There should be a rules made about homegrown players’ ‘This is why England are rubbish internationally’ ‘I hate Arsenal’.
2) A rarer argument used by people who, for some reason, are trying to defend the Premier League against any racial prejudice. Pieced together with bits of ‘Variety is the spice of life’ ‘Think of all the ways foreigners have revolutionised the game ‘ ‘Look how well Arsenal do’.
Being the General of Generalism Army I’ll assume you fit into one of those two, and can now present you with a snazzy infographic from Visual News that will either have you frothing with xenophobic rage or beaming with diverse pride. The purpose of the chart is to examine which teams are the most and least diverse allowing us to see how inclusive the Premier League is, and it’s all in nice colours. You simpleton.
What does this pretty information mean? Well, Arsenal and Norwich have certain stereotypes for a reason it appears as they bookend the results. Some may commend Arsenal’s seemingly open door policy, and condemn the Canaries’ very narrow selection. Others may spit poison at the north Londoner’s ‘Johnny foreigner’ XI, and be proud that Norwich can find Prem quality closer to home.
It seems that the beacon of racist hate that is Liverpool FC is reasonably diverse, unless we’re talking African players, an absence shared with Bolton and Swansea.
Although it seems like a backwards competition of who has the most English players, it isn’t (Bolton, QPR and Norwich win) due to it being measured on a ratio. It can be misleading and it doesn’t really do anything useful, but it is nice to look at. Remember that anything with the sources ESPN, the Sun, and Wikipedia is a bit sketchy though.
N.B. This Infographic is actually really rubbish. A Canaries fan pointed out some horrible inaccuracies to me so enjoy the pretty colours and I’ll rustle one up soon.