The Premier League has defended itself against accusations it is hindering the appointment of black managers in the English game.
Mehri claimed the Premier League had shown 'deliberate ignorance' over the issue and lacked leadership.
However, the Premier League responded to the allegations and said it takes issues of equality very seriously.
A spokesperson for the Premier League said: "We have a proven track record in addressing this area, as well as providing best practice employment guidelines to ensure our clubs not only meet legislative requirements, but surpass them, too.
"The clubs employ on merit only. Their players, coaches and managers are from diverse geographical, cultural and racial backgrounds.
"Where the English game as a whole needs to work harder is ensuring that there are more qualified coaches, from all backgrounds, feeding into the system and progressing to the highest level.
"One thing is for sure, that clubs in the Premier League and Football League will always seek to employ the best possible talent."
There is currently only one black manager in the Premier League,
The Rooney Rule, which was brought into operation in the
Mehri, who visited the UK to advise leading figures in English football about the initiative, said the Premier League is a major stumbling block to bringing something similar into action in this country.
"They showed what I would call deliberate ignorance. They didn't really try to inquire what it was about. Their view was, "This can't work in the UK."
The Football League is currently investigating new measures to increase the number of ethnic minority managers within its 72 member clubs, which has the backing of the
English Premier League