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First black footballer honoured by FIFA

REMEMBERED: Wharton

FOOTBALL’S GOVERNING body FIFA will host a presentation on June 6 in commemoration of a Marquette statue of the world’s first black professional footballer being displayed at their headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

Born in Accra, Ghana, Arthur Wharton played in goal for Darlington in 1883 and is widely recognised as the first black person to play professional football.

Wharton has now been formally recognised for his role as a pioneer and trailblazer by the FA, UEFA and now by, FIFA – all of whom will have a Maquette statue of Arthur Wharton on display at their respective headquarters.

The Arthur Wharton Foundation received a donation from FIFA in return for the Marquette statue.

The funds will enable the foundation, which is based in Darlington, to continue to raise awareness of Wharton.

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