The British High Commissioner to Ghana, HE Jon Benjamin has called for greater efforts towards eliminating racism in football, noting that the fight against racism is still a Work in Progress with footballers continually being subjected to racist chants and boos in several parts of the world.
He made the comments during the celebration of the 150 anniversary of the birth of the first ever black professional footballer, Arthur Wharton. The event was held at the residence the British High Commissioner to commemorate Arthur Wharton’s remarkable contribution to football.
The gathering brought together retired players of the Ghana national football team and dignitaries from Jamestown, Arthur Wharton Foundation and the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards to celebrate the life of the late Ghanaian sports Icon.
HE Jon Benjamin explained that inappropriate comments made on social media in Ghana about the newly appointed Japanese coach of Accra Hearts of Oak attest to how widespread racism is. “I salute those many other Ghanaians who picked those people up for their unacceptable comments” he added.
The pending Jamestown Project by the BHC and GUBA was also touched on, he added:
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Dentaa Amoateng, Chief Executive Officer of GUBA Awards, said that it would be unfortunate for anyone to doubt the commitment of the British High Commissioner to the development of Ghana. According to her, Mr. Benjamin has the interest of Ghana at heart and he works hard to enhance relations between Ghana and the United Kingdom, and promote development through the numerous projects undertaken by the British High Commission.
Dentaa also appealed to the GFA to pay a little bit more attention to the achievements of Arthur Wharton and create a fitting memorial in his motherland to honour him.