Blackburn Rovers become the first club to achieve the Preliminary Level of the Racial Equality Standard.

The National Asians in Football Forum releases a report entitled ‘Asians Can Play Football – a wasted decade’.

Zesh Rehman becomes the first British Asian to start a Premier League game when making his full debut for Fulham against Tottenham Hotspur.

To protest against continuing issues with racism in the game highlighted the year previous, Thierry Henry teamed up with fellow professionals, including Rio Ferdinand and Ronaldinho, in 2005 to front a Nike campaign called ‘Stand Up, Speak Up’, which saw two interlocked wristbands, one black, one white, worn by players all over Europe.