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FOOTBALL BLACK LIST

There have been thirteen editions of the Football Black List since its inception in 2008, celebrating and recognising the wide array of influential black individuals in the industry across many categories: Media, Community & Grassroots, Coaching & Management, Administration, Players (off-the-pitch) and Commercial.


administration
Fleur Robinson - Chief executive, Wrexham
Sarah Ebanja - CEO, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
Dayne Matthieu - head of safeguarding and welfare, Tottenham Hotspur
Paul Monekosso Cleal - equality advisor, Premier League
Steve Smithies - Chief executive, Cheshire FA

Coaching and Management
Darren Moore - Manager, Sheffield Wednesday
Justin Cochrane - Head of player development, Manchester United
Nuno Esposito Santo - Manager, Tottenham Hotspur
Paul Hall - Under-23 head coach, QPR; assistant manager, Jamaica
William Boye - Chairman and manager, Ashford Town Women and Girls' FC

commercial
Claudia Wilmot - operations director – Leaders in sport
Gus Hurdle - executive producer, EA Sports
Javan Odegah - strategic account executive, Leaders in Sport
Remmie Williams - commercial manager, the FA
Simbi Sonuga - senior account manager, Octagon

Community & Grassroots
Andrew Laylor - School partnership officer - Manchester United Foundation
Aneequa Prescod-Wright - Coach, Hackney Laces FC
Billy Grant - England fan/podcast/blogger, Beesotted
Jawahir Roble - Football coach and referee, Jason Roberts Foundation
Patsy Andrews - Grassroots referee, the FA

lgbt+
Amy Allard-Dunbar - youth panel education officer, Football v Homophobia

Media
Alex Scott MBE - Presenter, Football focus
Ade Oladipo - presenter, DAZN/talkSPORT/Sky Sports
Andrew Spence - Series producer, Unedited
Fadumo Olow - Social media sports editor, The Telegraph
Helen Campbell - Multi-camera director, Premier League Productions

Ones to Watch
Ajani Pile-Gray - Creative director, 3LanceMedia
Jamie Dapaah - Equality, diversity and inclusion executive, Fulham FC
Kyle Walker - Presenter and reporter, Sky Sports News
Lauren Ferdinand - Team assistant, Refresh Sports
Liam Loftus - Presenter/content creator, BBC Sport
Rhys Denton - Youth coach, Reading FC
Richard Amofa - Editor, The Athletic
Sian Marie Fitzpatrick - Youth mentor, head coach, manager of Millwall Academy and The Wall
Susan Fagbohun - Producer, ITV Sport
Zem Clarke - Graphic designer and illustrator

Players – Off The Pitch
Anita Asante - Aston Villa Women
Cyrus Christie - Fulham
Ivan Toney - Brentford
Marcus Rashford - Manchester United and England
Nikita Parris - Arsenal Women and England

practitioners
Aji Ajibola - Referee, FA Council
Daniel Mills - Educator, Show Racism the Red Card
Drew Christie - Chair, BCOMS
Jackie Ferdinand - Director of safeguarding & inclusion, West Ham United
Liz Ward - Director of programmes, Stonewall

administration
Edleen John - Director of international relations, corporate affairs and diversity, Football Association
Eniola Aluko - Sporting Director, Aston Villa Women
Jade Morgan - General manager, Leicester Women
Les Ferdinand MBE - Director of football – QPR
Marie Gabriel - Chair, West Ham United Foundation

Coaching and Management
Alex Dyer - Manager, Kilmarnock
Ashley Boasah and Cornelius Nwadialor - Joint managers, Tooting and Mitcham
Jason Euell - Under-23 head coach, Charlton
Karleigh Osborne - Women's head coach, Brentford
Tony Whelan - Assistant academy director, Manchester United

commercial
Ashanti George-Faure - Senior talent manager, Refresh Sports
Faina Msellam - Sports industry advisory board member, Birkbeck Sport Business Centre
Marvin Morgan - Owner - Fresh Ego Kid
Nathan Thompson - Commercial director, West Ham
Warren Haughton - Director, Haughton Consultancy

Community & Grassroots
Diane Sawyers - Operations manager, Holford Drive Community Sports Hub
Duke Harrison-Hunter - Equality, diversity and inclusion officer, Pompey in the Community
Emma Trent - Head of programmes, Notts County Football in the Community
Harold Bennett - Founder, North London Limited
Dr Michael Seeraj - Head of equality diversity and inclusion, Charlton

cyrille regis players
Chloe Morgan - Crystal Palace Women
Marcus Rashford - Manchester United and England
Troy Deeney - Watford
Tyrone Mings - Aston Villa and England
Wilfried Zaha - Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast

lgbt+
Annette Nelson - Education lead, Football v Homophobia

Media
Carl Anka - Football reporter, The Athletic
Charlene Gravesande - Special projects journalist, Sky Sports
Hugh Woozencroft - Sports broadcaster, talkSPORT
Jessica Creighton - Sports reporter, Sky Sports
Micah Richards - Freelance broadcaster

practitioners
Hayley Bennett - Founder, WeAreNutmegs
Jason Lee - Equalities education executive, Professional Footballers' Association
Marvin Robinson - Chief Executive, Peterborough United Foundation
Dr Matt Ogunsanya - Club doctor, Watford
Sam Allison - National group referee, Professional Game Match Officials Limited

administration
Amanda Hudson - Director of Education – WADA
Joanie Evans - Co-President – Federation of Gay Games
Lungi Macebo - Chief Operating Officer – Birmingham City FC
Sarah Ebanja - CEO, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
Vivienne Aiyela - Non-Executive Director – London FA

Coaching and Management
Chris Ramsey MBE - Technical Director – Queens Park Rangers
Colin Omogbehin - Under-23 Academy Head Coach – Fulham FC
Coreen Brown - Academy Coach – Arsenal Ladies
Justin Cochrane - Head Coach – England Under-15 Team
Michael Johnson - National Team Manager – Guyana National Team

commercial
Dominique Delvaille - Women Brand Director – Nike
Donna Bartley - Senior Associate – Morgan Sports Law
Ellen Chiwenga - Football Match Agent – EC Football Consultancy
GavinLee Ellison - Head of Global Operations – Concave Football
Tobi Alabi - Founder – Heart 4 More Foundation and Football Agent

Community & Grassroots
Bobby Kasanga - Founder – Hackney Wick FC
Francesca Brown - CEO and Founder of Goals4Girls, International Speaker
Iqraa Ismail - NUR Women’s Football Club
Dr. Mark Prince - Founder - Kiyan Prince Foundation
Michael Wallace - Co-Founder – KickOff@3

Media
Adrian Kajumba - Football Reporter – Daily Mail
Anne-Marie Batson - Freelance Sports Broadcaster
Clinton Forde - Co-Founder – Rootz TV
Felicia Pennant - Editor – SEASON zine
Joel Beya - Co-Founder – Cheeky Sport

Players – Off The Pitch
Anita Asante - Chelsea FC
Danny Rose - Tottenham Hotspur FC
Eniola Aluko - Juventus FC Women
Raheem Sterling - Manchester City, Founder of the Raheem Sterling Foundation
Yannick Bolasie - Liverpool

practitioners
Akil Howson - Assistant Referee – English Football League
Dr. John Iga - Head of Performance Services – Huddersfield Town Football Club
David Rainford - Club Support Manager – Premier League
Jehmeil Lemonius - Sports Campaign Manager – Stonewall
Lorna Falconer - Head of Football Operations – Brentford FC

administration
Ben Robinson - owner and chairman – Burton Albion FC
Fleur Robinson - commercial director – Burton Albion FC
Les Ferdinand MBE - Director of football – QPR
Lord Herman Ouseley - Chairman – Kick It Out
Maria Palmer - board member – English Federation of Disability Sport

Coaching and Management
Chris Hughton - Manager – Brighton and Hove Albion
Darren Moore - head coach – West Bromwich Albion FC
Gavin Rose - first team manager – Dulwich Hamlet FC
Hope Powell CBE - manager – Brighton and Hove Albion Women
Nuno Esposito Santo - manager – Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

commercial
Adebayo Akinfenwa - founder – Beast Mode On
Claudia Wilmot - operations director – Leaders in sport
Michael Jarman - director – Panthera Sports
Rachel Yankey OBE - BBC Sport pundit and CBBC presenter
Reece Wabara - CEO and founder – Maniere De Voir

Community & Grassroots
Ashley Levien - Football and Community Activist – KickOff@3
Errol McKellar - founder – Errol McKellar Foundation and Leyton Orient Coach
Omari Chambers - Alert, community development co-ordinator – Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
Pablo Blackwood - youth and communities officer – QPR in the Community Trust
Susan Patterson-Smith - deputy director of community development – Palace for Life Foundation

Media
Alex Scott MBE - Presenter – BBC Sport, Sky Sports and Premier League Productions
Dion Dublin - pundit, presenter and commentator – BBC
Robbie Lyle - founder and presenter – Arsenal Fan TV and Ultimate Football Fan
Roger Clarke - reporter – Sky Sports News

Players – Off The Pitch
Christian Atsu - Arms Around the Child – Newcastle FC
Eartha Pond - Grenfell Tower Go Fund Me and Player – Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC
Liam Rosenior - The Guardian columnist – Brighton & Hove Albion FC
Mohamed Salah - Mohamed Salah Charitable Foundation – Liverpool FC
Yannick Bolasie - Liverpool

practitioners
Dr. Aboul Shaheir - director of medical – Everton FC
Funke Awoderu - equality medical – The FA
Leon McKenzie - mental health advocate – LAPS
Tajean Hutton - chairman – AFC Wembley

administration
Paul Elliott CBE - Board Member - FA Council
Brian Trevreden - Director of Football - Reading FC
Chris Ramsey MBE - Technical Director – Queens Park Rangers
Les Ferdinand MBE - Director of football – QPR
Michael Emenalo - Technical Director - Chelsea FC

Coaching and Management
Chris Hughton - Manager – Brighton and Hove Albion
Hope Powell CBE - manager – Brighton and Hove Albion Women
George Parris - Women's Academy Coach - Brighton & Hove Albion
Steven Reid - First Team Coach - Reading FC
Curtis Fleming - Assistant Manager - QPR

commercial
Karl George MBE - Managing Director - The Governance Forum
Jamie Lawrence - Owner and Founder - The Jamie Lawrence Academy
Rio Ferdinand - Owner - FIVE
Marvin Morgan - Owner - Fresh Ego Kid
Akosua Essien - CEO - Michael Essien Foundation

Community & Grassroots
Michelle Moore - Equality and Diversity Consultant
Beverley Nicholas - PA - Arsenal in the Community
Jack Badu - Head of Coaching - Football Beyond Borders
Anthony Ferguson - County Coaching Developer - FA
Soye Briggs - Director of Community Development - Palace 4 Life Foundation

Media
Ian Wright MBE - Football Pundit - BBC Sport and BT Sport
Mimi Fawaz - Reporter - Kwese Sport
Trevor Sinclair - Pundit - BBC Sport
Louise Sutton - Editor - Final Score, BBC Sport
Darren Lewis - Senior Football Writer - The Mirror

Ones to Watch
Danielle Carter - Arsenal Ladies Footballer and Member of Hertfordshire board
Tyra Ali Ntege - Co-Chair A.S.P.I.R.E
Gifton Noel Williams - South-East Regional Coach - PFA
Emeka Obasi - Football Agent - Base Soccer
Martin Sinclair - Development Officer - SaintAbility
Jehmeil Lemonius - Sports Campaign Manager – Stonewall
Chris Douglas - Business Development - Back 2 Action
Luke Ross - Kicks Officer - Manchester United
Ryan Garry - Arsenal Academy Coach
Melyvn McDonald - Kicks Officer - Manchester City
Aisha Hughton - Event Executive - Polaris Media
Darren Tyson White - Sports Consultant - Playmaker

Players – Off The Pitch
Jermain Defoe - Footballer - AFC Bournemouth and England
Nick Blackman - Footballer - Derby County
Alex Scott MBE - Presenter – BBC Sport, Sky Sports and Premier League Productions
Joe Thompson - Footballer - Rochdale FC
Yaya Toure - Footballer - Man City and Ivory Coast

practitioners
Marvin Robinson - Independent Football Panellist - FA
Michael Bennett - Head of Wellbeing - PFA
Troy Townsend - Education Manager - PFA
Simone Pound - Head of Equality - PFA
Dr Wayne Allison - Diversity and Inclusion Coaching Manager - FA

administration
Matt Alexander - Nott County Ladies CEO
Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE - FA Board member
Lord Herman Ouseley - Chairman – Kick It Out
Les Ferdinand MBE - Director of football – QPR
Michael Emenalo - Technical Director - Chelsea FC

Coaching and Management
Dennis Lawrence - First team development coach, Everton FC
Darren Moore - Professional development phase coach, WBA
Chris Hughton - Manager – Brighton and Hove Albion
Keith Curle - Manager, Carlisle United
Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink - Manager, QPR

commercial
Marcia Willis-Stewart - Lawyer
Andy Ansah - Director - Sport on screen
Rayan Wilson - Elite Performance Expert, Back 2 Action
Louis Saha - Axis Stars
Aidy Ward - Agent

Community & Grassroots
Michael Johnson - The SPTT
Celia Facey - Arsenal in the Community
Helen Nkwocha - Grassroots coach
Donald Forde - Head of Crystal Palace Foundation
Tobi Alabi - Founder – Heart 4 More Foundation and Football Agent

Media
Samantha Johnson - TRT Sports Correspondent
Rachel Yankey OBE - BBC Sport pundit and CBBC presenter
Jermaine Jenas - BBC Sport pundit
Stephen Lyle - Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
Poet - Presenter, Copa90

Ones to Watch
Mimi Fawaz - Reporter - Kwese Sport
Hayley Bennett - Community and Education
Ugo Ehiogu - Coaching and Management
Terry Angus - Administration
Jeanette Kwakye - Media
Jason Euell - Coaching and Management
Gavin Rose - Coaching and Management
Carlton Fairweather - Coaching and Management
Christina Oshodi - Community and Grassroots
Kadeem Simmonds - Media

Players – Off The Pitch
Alastair Patrick Heselton - CP Football, Paralympics GB
Eniola Aluko - Chelsea and England
Alex Scott MBE - Arsenal and England
Daniel Sturridge - Liverpool and England
Yaya Toure - Footballer - Man City and Ivory Coast

administration
Les Ferdinand MBE - Director of football – QPR
Michael Emenalo - Technical Director - Chelsea FC
Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE - Chair of FA Inclusion Advisory Board – The FA
Nathan Blake - Director of Football, Newport County
Bobby Barnes - Deputy Chief Executive - PFA

Coaching and Management
Chris Ramsey MBE - Head Coach - QPR FC
Chris Hughton - Manager – Brighton and Hove Albion
Chris Powell - Manager - Huddersfield
Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink - Manager - Burton Albion
Keith Curle - Manager, Carlisle United

commercial
Aidy Ward - Football advisor
Mariame Diakite - Football Advisor
Wayne Lindsay - Football advisor
Pete Smith - Football agent
Udo Onwere - Lawyer

Community & Grassroots
Donald Forde - Head of Crystal Palace Foundation
Lord Herman Ouseley - Chairman – Kick It Out
Darren Smith - Development Officer, London FA
Jason Roberts MBE - Founder - The Sports People's Think Tank
Richard Allicock - Youth engagement officer, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation

Media
Stephen Lyle - Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
Stan Collymore - Broadcaster - TalkSport
Jessica Creighton - Presenter - BBC Sport
Adrian Kajumba - Football writer - Daily Mirror
Keme Nzerem - Sports news correspondent, Channel 4

Players – Off The Pitch
Yaya Toure - Footballer - Man City and Ivory Coast
Carlton Cole - West Ham United and England
Didier Drogba - Chelsea and Ivory Coast
Rio Ferdinand - QPR and England
Eniola Aluko - Chelsea Ladies and England

administration
Michael Emenalo - Technical Director - Chelsea FC
Patrick Vieira - Football development executive - Manchester City
Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE - Chief of FA inclusion advisory board
Bobby Barnes - Deputy Chief Executive - PFA
Lord Herman Ouseley - Chairman – Kick It Out

Coaching and Management
Chris Ramsey MBE - First team coach - Tottenham Hotspur
Les Ferdinand MBE - First team coach - Tottenham Hotspur
Chris Powell - former Charlton Athletic manager
Jason Euell - Senior Development Coach - Charlton Athletic
Chris Hughton - Former Norwich City manager

commercial
Ray James - Senior sales manager – Manchester City
Aidy Ward - Football advisor
Francis Nkwain - Football advisor
Andy Ansah - Sports choreographer
Karl George MBE - Corporate governance practitioner

Community & Grassroots
Les Fevrier - Football advisor
Troy Townsend - Mentoring manager - Kick it out
Trevor Hutton - AFC Wembley
Jason Roberts MBE - Chief executive – Jason Roberts Foundation
Shaun Campbell - Founder – Arthur Wharton Foundation

Media
Stephen Lyle - MOTD2
Stan Collymore - Broadcaster - TalkSport
Samantha Johnson - Presenter - The Sun Online
Natasha Henry - Football writer - The Voice
Adrian Kajumba - Football writer

Players – Off The Pitch
Yaya Toure - Manchester City
Kolo Toure - Liverpool
Rachel Yankey OBE - Arsenal and England
Jermain Defoe - Toronto FC
Lianne Sanderson - Boston Breakers and England

administration
Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE - FA Board member
Bobby Barnes - Deputy Chief Executive - PFA
Michael Emenalo - Technical Director - Chelsea FC
Clarke Carlisle
Patrick Vieira - Football development executive - Manchester City

Coaching and Management
Hope Powell CBE - manager – Brighton and Hove Albion Women
Chris Hughton - Manager – Brighton and Hove Albion
Chris Powell - former Charlton Athletic manager
Eddie Newton
Chris Ramsey MBE - Technical Director – Queens Park Rangers

commercial
Ray James - Senior sales manager – Manchester City
Rio Ferdinand - Owner - FIVE
Andy Ansah - Director - Sport on screen
Aidy Ward - Agent
Sky Andrew

Community & Grassroots
Lord Herman Ouseley - Chairman – Kick It Out
Wallace Hermitt
Paul Mortimer
Shaun Campbell - Founder – Arthur Wharton Foundation
The Sodje Sports Foundation

Media
Keme Nzerem - Sports news correspondent, Channel 4
Stephen Lyle - Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
Darren Lewis - Senior Football Writer - The Mirror
Natasha Henry - Football writer - The Voice
Stan Collymore - Broadcaster - TalkSport

Players – Off The Pitch
Anton Ferdinand
Fabrice Muamba
Rachel Yankey OBE - BBC Sport pundit and CBBC presenter
Vincent Péricard and Leon McKenzie
Jason Roberts MBE - Chief executive – Jason Roberts Foundation

administration
Brendon Batson OBE
Bobby Barnes - Deputy Chief Executive - PFA
Clarke Carlisle
Simone Pound - Head of Equality - PFA
Lord Herman Ouseley - Chairman – Kick It Out
Paul Elliott CBE - Board Member - FA Council
Marc Elliott
Earl Barrett
Ray James - Senior sales manager – Manchester City
Michael Emenalo - Technical Director - Chelsea FC

Coaching and Management
Chris Powell - former Charlton Athletic manager
Alex Dyer - Manager, Kilmarnock
Noel Blake
Terry Connor
Chris Hughton - Manager – Brighton and Hove Albion
Ose Aibangee
Les Ferdinand MBE - Director of football – QPR
Keith Curle - Manager, Carlisle United
Matt Alexander - Nott County Ladies CEO
Hope Powell CBE - manager – Brighton and Hove Albion Women
Chris Ramsey MBE - Technical Director – Queens Park Rangers

commercial
Ian Taylor
Dentaa
Francis Nkwain - Football advisor
Mitchell Thomas
Tony Finnigan
Pete Smith - Football agent
Chris Nathaniel
Justin Addo
Aidy Ward - Agent

Community & Grassroots
Aslie Pitter
Shaun Campbell - Founder – Arthur Wharton Foundation
Gary Bennett
Dr Colin King
Otis Roberts
Nathan Ellington
Eddie Adekafe
Clasford Stirling MBE
Lincoln Moses MBE

Media
Rio Ferdinand - Owner - FIVE
Jason Bernard
Darren Lewis - Senior Football Writer - The Mirror
Stan Collymore - Broadcaster - TalkSport
Karyn Bascombe
Jason Roberts MBE - Chief executive – Jason Roberts Foundation
Chris Kamara
Andy Ansah - Director - Sport on screen
Keme Nzerem - Sports news correspondent, Channel 4
Ore Oduba
Garth Crooks OBE

administration
Lord Herman Ouseley - Chairman – Kick It Out
Simone Pound - Head of Equality - PFA
Paul Elliott CBE - Board Member - FA Council
Bobby Barnes - Deputy Chief Executive - PFA
Paul Davis

Coaching and Management
Chris Hughton - Manager – Brighton and Hove Albion
Hope Powell CBE - manager – Brighton and Hove Albion Women
Noel Blake
Eddie Newton
Terry Connor
Chris Ramsey MBE - Technical Director – Queens Park Rangers
Les Ferdinand MBE - Director of football – QPR
Chris Powell - former Charlton Athletic manager
Alex Dyer - Manager, Kilmarnock

commercial
Pete Smith - Football agent
Sky Andrew
Tony Finnigan
Chris Nathaniel
Rio Ferdinand - Owner - FIVE

Community & Grassroots
Howard Gayle
Sol Campbell
Clasford Stirling MBE
Paul Canoville
Dr Colin King
Johnson ‘Drax’ Hippolyte
Danny Wallace
Patti Boulaye OBE
Trevor Hutton - AFC Wembley
Lincoln Moses MBE
Trevor Bailey CBE
Sky Andrew
Les Fevrier - Football advisor
Gavin Rose - first team manager – Dulwich Hamlet FC
Mary Phillip
Jason Roberts MBE - Chief executive – Jason Roberts Foundation

Media
Greg Gobere
Mike Wedderburn
Sean Fletcher
Damian Johnson
Keme Nzerem - Sports news correspondent, Channel 4
Darren Lewis - Senior Football Writer - The Mirror
Rodney Hinds
Andy Ansah - Director - Sport on screen
Mark Bright
Ian Wright MBE - Football Pundit - BBC Sport and BT Sport
Garth Crooks OBE
Stan Collymore - Broadcaster - TalkSport
Hepburn Harrison-Graham
Chris Kamara
Andrew Cole

administration
Jason Rockett
Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE - FA Board member
Bobby Barnes - Deputy Chief Executive - PFA
Chris Powell - former Charlton Athletic manager
Simone Pound - Head of Equality - PFA
Ronald Crawford
Baroness Amos

campaigners
Lord Herman Ouseley - Chairman – Kick It Out
Paul Elliott CBE - Board Member - FA Council
Garth Crooks OBE
David James MBE
Paul Canoville
Robbie Earle MBE

Coaching and Management
Paul Ince
John Barnes MBE
Keith Alexander
Noel Blake
Chris Hughton - Manager – Brighton and Hove Albion
Hope Powell CBE - manager – Brighton and Hove Albion Women
Lyndon Lynch

commercial
Pete Smith - Football agent
Sky Andrew
Tony Finnigan
Chris Nathaniel
Rio Ferdinand - Owner - FIVE
Andy Ansah - Director - Sport on screen

Community & Grassroots
Dr Colin King
Lincoln Moses MBE
Alex Williams

Media
Darren Lewis - Senior Football Writer - The Mirror
Rob Smith
Clive Petty
Joel Campbell

Hope Powell CBE
Lord John Taylor
Jason Rockett
Alex Williams
Darren Lewis
Uriah Rennie
Noel Blake
Paul Elliott CBE
Garth Crooks OBE
Lord Herman Ouseley
Chris Ramsey MBE
Tony Whelan
Hepburn Harrison-Graham
Rio Ferdinand
Rodney Hinds
Chris Kamara
Robbie Earle MBE
Tony Finnigan
Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE
John Barnes MBE
Les Ferdinand MBE
Ian Wright MBE
Bobby Barnes
Brendon Batson OBE
Chris Powell
Paul Ince
Keith Alexander
Andy Ansah
Chris Nathaniel
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