Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho said "there is no racism in football."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said "there is no racism in football," according to the BBC.
Mourinho made his statement in response to a question about whether English soccer should adopt the "Rooney Rule" used by the NFL, for which there has been a growing movement.
Created in part by Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, the NFL rule holds that teams must interview at least one minority candidate for any head coach opening.
"Football is not so stupid to close doors to people," Mourinho said. "If you are good, you get the job. If you are top, you are top."
There are just two black managers among the 92 teams of England's Premier League and Football League. Twenty-five percent of the players in the two leagues are black or another ethnic minority.
Soccer has long struggled with racism, often among fans in the stands.
Three clubs in August became the latest to face the issue, as the teams were penalized by UEFA because of their fans' racist behavior and chants.
Carlo Tavecchio, the recently elected president of Italy's football federation, is currently being investigated by UEFA for alleged racist comments.
Mourinho and Chelsea currently sit on top of the Premier League with 16 points. The team hosts Arsenal on Sunday.
- Ben Estes