22nd March, 19:00 - SKY SPORTS 1

THE REMARKABLE LIFE AND EXPERIENCE OF THE FIRST BLACK FOOTBALLER TO PLAY FOR CHELSEA FC, DURING AN ERA WHERE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, BIGOTRY AND VIOLENCE WERE CUSTOMARY IN SPORT, ITS FANS AND BRITAIN.

‘THE ABUSE PAUL CANOVILLE FACED ON AND OFF THE PITCH IS ONE OF THE MOST EXTREME EXAMPLES EVER KNOWN OF RACISM IN FOOTBALL’

HIS FOOTBALL CAREER CUT-SHORT BY INJURY, PAUL’S LATER LIFE WAS NO LESS DRAMATIC. HIS EXPERIENCE ON THE FOOTBALL PITCH HAD TAKEN ITS TOLL PSYCHOLOGICALLY, AND A DRUG ADDICTION FOLLOWED. HE FATHERED 11 CHILDREN TO 10 DIFFERENT WOMEN, WATCHED HIS BABY SON DIE IN HIS ARMS, FOUGHT CANCER TWICE, AND BATTLED HOMELESSNESS.

PAUL’S STRUGGLE PAVED THE WAY FOR MODERN DAY BLACK ATHLETES TO SUCCEED, AND BLACK AND BLUE WILL TELL THE STORY OF THIS.

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