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Swansea's Taylor disputes there are barriers to British Asians playing football

Swansea City's Neil Taylor insists there are no barriers to stop British Asians getting into English football. The 24 year old is one of eight British Asian players with a professional contract in English football and said: "Hopefully, we'll see more Asian players in the next few years.

"But I don't think there's anything out there stopping people."

The defender was recently voted the British Asian Footballer of Year at the Asian Football Awards.

The FA is hoping to boost Asian participation at grassroots level in the hope it will filter up to professional level.

"It's not like there's a barrier the FA has to lift up and say right you can now come and coach and play," he added. "There's no discrimination.

"But if they're going to encourage it more that's great and we need more Asians to be playing."

"I'm already trying to do things myself in terms of finding out if there's more talent and how to bring them through," he said.

"I went out to India last year to discover what football was like there. I learnt that it's big - bigger than I was expecting it to be."

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