BAME sports journalists need pathway into media industry, says Sami Mokbel

BAME sports journalists need a clear pathway into the media industry, says Daily Mail football writer Sami Mokbel.

Mokbel, who was speaking to Sky Sports News following Monday’s broadcast of Tackling Racism: The Media, says it is imperative that young people who are black, Asian and minority ethnic are inspired to pursue sports journalism careers, and are given opportunities to impress.

“First and foremost – and this goes for any industry and any job – you need to be good enough,” he said.

“It’s certainly easier for a white, emerging young journalist to get his foot through the door. That’s what we have to change.

“But when you get your foot through that door, it’s important to have the attributes to do the job better – or as well – as the person next to you.

“As an industry, we can do more. We should go down to schools in ethnically diverse areas where you get a landscape of different nationalities.

“Speak to them about how great going to these (football) games are. Hopefully, trigger something that makes them want to be a sports journalist.

“I think that’s where we start – inspiring that younger generation in schools, community groups and youth clubs.

“We really need to do more to get more non-white journalists. Off the top of my head, on the England beat in the summer, full-time I think I was the only BAME journalist (in Russia).”

Mokbel praised England and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling for sparking the debate on racism in sports reporting earlier this season.

“If it takes Raheem Sterling to be a maverick and lead that charge, I’m all for it,” Mokbel added.

“We have to self-analyse. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror as journalists and as an industry and say ‘Am I doing the right thing?’

“For example, describing Yaya Toure in his heyday… am I doing the right thing in calling him a midfield beast? Having looked at myself in the mirror, I would suggest not.

“It’s a big step and we’ve accepted that. The next step and to move forward would be when writing a story, writing an article, is to have that consciousness in your mind about doing the right thing.

“Having thought about it greatly and deeply over the last few months, perhaps there is an unconscious bias there in terms of how we describe certain players.

“What’s important is how we move on from that. We have to move on from that.”

Euro Soccer Bonus

Our fantastic Euro Soccer accumulator offer gives you the chance to earn a bonus of up to 100% on accumulators on the top domestic leagues in Europe along with the group and knockout stages of the Champions League.

This offer applies to returns on pre-match accumulators of 3 or more selections on Full Time Result or Result/Both Teams To Score markets for the English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish Primera Liga, German Bundesliga 1 or UEFA Champions League.

The maximum bonus that you can receive is ˆ100,000 or currency equivalent. The bonus will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out, the bonus will be calculated based .on the remaining active stake. If a qualifying bet is edited .using our Edit Bet feature. The bonus will be calculated based on the new stake. Where a bet has been edited to include or amend a selection for an event that is In-Play, the bonus will no longer apply. Double Chance bets or combination bets with bonuses. Such as Lucky 15’s or Lucky .31’s do not apply for this offer.

If your bet is successful, we will add the following bonuses to your returns:

Bet Type Bonus

14-folds and upwards 100% bonus
Terms and Conditions
Applies to straight pre-match accumulator bets on the Full Time Result or Result/Both Teams To Score markets for UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish Primera Liga, German Bundesliga .1 or Australian A-League matches. Maximum bonus ˆ100,000 or currency equivalent. Euro Soccer Bonus does not apply to Double Chance bets or combination. bets with bonuses such as Lucky 15’s, Lucky 31’s etc.

If any selections are postponed/void then the bonus will still apply, but the percentage bonus added will reflect the actual number of winning selections. For example, an 8-fold accumulator with 7. winners and 1 postponed match will receive a 30% .bonus to returns.
The bonus part of your returns will be added to your account within 24 hours of your final selection having played.
This bonus will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out, the bonus will be calculated based on the remaining active stake.

If a qualifying bet is edited using our Edit Bet feature, the bonus will be calculated based on the new stake. Where a bet has been edited to include or amend a selection for an event that is In-Play, the bonus will no longer apply.

Where any term of the offer or promotion is breached or there is any evidence of a series of bets placed by a customer or group of customers, which due to a deposit bonus, enhanced payments, free bets, risk free bets or any other promotional offer results in guaranteed customer profits irrespective of the outcome, whether individually or as part of a group, bet365 reserves the right to reclaim the bonus element of such offers and in their absolute discretion either settle bets at the correct odds, void the free and risk free. bets or void any bet funded by the deposit bonus.

In addition bet365 .reserve the right to levy an administration charge on the customer up to the value of the deposit bonus, free bet, risk free bet or additional payment to cover administrative costs. We further reserve the right to ask any customer to provide sufficient documentation for us to be satisfied in our absolute discretion as to the customer’s identity prior to us crediting any bonus, free bet, risk free bet or offer to their account.

All bet365 offers are intended for recreational players and bet365 may in its sole discretion limit the eligibility of customers to participate in all or part of any promotion.

bet365 reserves the right to amend, cancel, reclaim or refuse any promotion at its own discretion.