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Skin colour impacts football position, Essex study finds

Does the colour of your skin have an impact on your football position? Credit: ITV News Anglia

The colour of your skin still has a big impact on which position footballers play, according to new research from the University of Essex.

It found that players with darker skin were more likely to occupy wide positions associated with athleticism and strength.

Meanwhile, those with lighter skin often filled the central positions - normally thought to require organisation and creativity.

The research is the most thorough investigation of its kind outside of the United States, where the influence of skin tone on playing position has been studied extensively in American football and basketball.

The results showed that although players of a darker skin tone still primarily occupy peripheral playing positions and players of a lighter skin tone central positions, the difference is less prominent than previously reported.

The new study had access to data collated, reviewed, and ratified by Sports Interactive - the makers of computer game Football Manager.

"What sets this research apart is that the research analysed data from 4,515 players, that is, every player in English football's top four professional leagues across five seasons (2010-2015)."

– Lead researcher Dr John Mills

Rams Raid: Cameron Jerome joins Derby County

Cameron Jerome has joined Derby Credit: PA

Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome join Derby County in a deal reported to be worth around £2m.

He scored 42 goals in 138 appearances and hit the back of the net in the Canaries' 2-0 play-off final win at Wembley.

City Head Coach Daniel Farke told the club's website: "It was a tricky decision. He has done so much for this club and always had a good attitude, so we respect what he wanted to do. With Cameron going, there is space in the squad. We are looking to strengthen in the striking areas."

The former City forward tweeted to say thanks to the fans.

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Norwich City captain Russell Martin seals Rangers move

Russell Martin hopes the loan move will earn him a recall for Scotland. Credit: PA Images

Norwich City’s club captain Russell Martin has joined Rangers on loan until the end of the season.

Defender Martin, 32, said he was keen to get back to playing regular football as he tries to earn a recall to the Scotland squad.

Martin is 22nd on Norwich’s all-time appearances list, which includes 125 appearances in the Premier League – a club record.

He has been involved in three promotions with City and has 308 appearances for the Canaries, scoring 17 goals.

He has an unbelievable working attitude and he has been brilliant for the lads.

There have been some tough times for him when he hasn’t been in the team but he was still there with a lot of support and help.

I’m happy for him that he now has this honour to get this loan move to a big club, and in the summer he will return to Norwich.

– Daniel Farke, Norwich City Manager

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