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There is no conclusive body of evidence to confirm the idea that such genetic characteristics are passed down through generations (in fact, there is considerable scientific opposition to this view). Nonetheless, it is argued that because of this breeding, highly Understanding ‘Race’ and Sport 11 specialised features involving physical prowess became dominant in this black population group. Again, the validity of this view is less significant than its place in the popular imagination. Entine’s book devotes less space to an analysis of the social and cultural factors which act as barriers to progress in sport and other spheres; and to acknowledging the dangers of an analysis based on a fairly limited repertoire of sports.
In addition, there is evidence of biased umpiring decisions based more on stereotyped ideas about Asians, than the actual rules of the game; excessive bureaucracy institutionalising the segregation of Asian clubs from official leagues; and ‘nagging’ feelings by Asian players of antipathy towards them when joining white clubs. Curiously enough, some Asian players believe they are ostracised by regional white clubs because of Understanding ‘Race’ and Sport 21 their ‘over-competitiveness’ and ‘aggression’ (Duncan, 1998; George, 1998).
As one of the established black players at the club in the 1980s, Wright helped to redefine the parameters of inclusion and banter. Referring to the club’s purchase of two new (white) players, Geoff Thomas and John Pemberton, Wright stated that: Geoff and ‘Pembo’ were both northerners so they were mocked for their dopey accents, especially by Andy [Gray] and I who were brought up together in the same part of south London with Tony Finnegan. Brighty may have been from Stoke, but he was now an honorary Londoner so he got off lightly, but Geoff and Pembo got some serious abuse.