Clarence Seedorf condemns lack of 'equal opportunities' for black coaches in football
"For coaches there are no equal opportunities."
Clarence Seedorf has condemned a lack of "equal opportunities" given to black coaches in football.
The former AC Milan stalwart is the only player in history to win the UEFA Champions League with three different clubs.
In addition to his 2003 and 2007 triumphs with the Rossoneri, the Dutchman has also lifted the biggest prize in club football with Ajax and Real Madrid.
Seedorf took over as AC Milan manager in January 2014, but did not last long in the job. He was sacked four months later, being replaced by former teammate Filippo Inzaghi.
Since leaving Milan, Seedorf has had spells in charge of Chinese side Shenzhen, Deportivo La Coruña and the Cameroon national team, but he has not been offered a single role for nigh on two years.
Speaking to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, the 44-year-old criticised what he sees as a lack of opportunities given to black managers and coaches.
He said: "I played 12 years in Italy. After Milan, despite having done a great job, I received no calls.
"Holland is my country, yet again, zero calls."
Seedorf questioned why budding black managers, many of whom with illustrious playing careers, had not been given coaching opportunities in Europe.
"What are the selection criteria? Why do great champions have no chance in Europe where they wrote pages of football history? Why does Vieira have to go to New York and Henry to Canada?"
He then directly condemned the lack of opportunities for black coaches in the game.
"For coaches there are no equal opportunities: if we look at the figures, there are no Black people in the positions of greatest power in football.
"It's something that concerns the whole of society. Everyone, especially those who can change things, must feel the responsibility to create a meritocratic world and keep all the doors open if they aspire to excellence.
"The best results can come from diversity."