Prominent English football club Liverpool FC is facing legal action from a British Asian man who claims he was unfairly denied a job opportunity due to his race. Asad Farooq, 25, applied for an administrative position at the club but was not invited for an interview, despite his qualifications.
The Guardian reports that Farooq's application was rejected on the grounds of insufficient experience. However, the individual ultimately chosen for the role, according to their online profile, possessed even less experience. This discrepancy has fueled Farooq's belief that racial bias played a role in the decision-making process.
"As a South Asian, I've worked really hard to get my foot in the door, and nobody seems to be giving me any opportunities," Farooq told The Guardian. He further expressed his disappointment with the club's apparent inconsistency between its stated commitment to diversity and its alleged discriminatory hiring practices.
"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," Farooq stated. "They're talking about how they want to break down barriers, but this is not breaking down barriers."
Liverpool has yet to publicly respond to the lawsuit. Farooq's lawyer claims that when he contacted the club, they attributed the rejection to his allegedly high salary demands. This additional information adds another layer of complexity to the situation.
The lawsuit has sparked concerns about potential racial bias within the football industry. Farooq's case highlights the importance of ensuring fair and equitable recruitment practices in all sectors, including sports. It also underscores the need for greater transparency and accountability in hiring decisions