Former Aberdeen and Leeds United left-back David Robertson has been awarded the British Empire Medal after his work in India with Real Kashmir.

The former defender has received the honour for services in war-torn Kashmir which is situated on the India-Pakistan border, Robertson helping to inspire local children to play football. Robertson featured for the likes of Aberdeen, Leeds United and Rangers in his playing career.

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Once of Aberdeen and Leeds United. (Photo by SNS Group via Getty Images)

Now 52, Robertson has been with Real Kashmir since 2017 and his time at the I-League club was documented in a BBC show. The former Aberdeen and Leeds United defender earned the award in the Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours, former Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson getting a CBE for services to football.

England duo Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson both earn MBE’s. Robertson said of the award: “This award is great for my wife Kym and the family because of the sacrifices we’ve made with me working abroad. I’m absolutely delighted.”

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