Forty-eight-year-old footballer Paul Elliott is the first black footballer to receive the prestigious CBE Award. The CBE is the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from the Queen of England. Elliott is known for his work on anti-racism campaigns within the sport of football overseas. Elliott began his football career in 1980 with the Charlton Athletic team, switching teams several times during the first decade.
Elliott is also the first modern-day player in the 20-plus year history of the Premiership to receive the CBE. He has done extensive work with the Football Against Racism In Europe network.