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Female Muslim football coach awarded British Empire Medal

A Muslim woman who became a coach in men's football has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

Annie Zaidi from Coventry faced sexism and racism when she first started coaching but carried on despite the criticism.

She told ITV Central, when she got the letter announcing her B.E.M she thought it was a hoax and phoned the Cabinet Office to confirm it was true.



Karren Brady gets CBE for services to women

Karren Brady has been awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) Credit: PA

Karren Brady, the former managing director of Birmingham City Football Club, has been awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship and women in business.

The entrepreneur still lives near Solihull despite now being the vice chair at West Ham United. She says she's proud to accept the honour in the New Year's Honours list.

Grantham TV star Nicholas Parsons awarded CBE

TV and radio personality Nicholas Parsons has been awarded a CBE for his charitable work. Credit: PA

TV and radio personality Nicholas Parsons said he was "flattered and delighted" to be awarded a CBE for his charitable work.

The 90-year-old, who's originally from Grantham, and who has clocked up numerous acting and comedy roles throughout his career, is still best known for his years as question master of TV quiz Sale Of The Century and for his role as creator and host of Radio 4's Just A Minute. He said:

"I think it's a very nice honour - I'm flattered and I'm delighted. I think honours are a wonderful thing to receive if you have worked hard and that is recognised. I don't understand these people who are pompous and say they don't want it."

Parsons previously received an OBE for services to drama and broadcasting a decade ago.

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