Updated: Friday, 24th November 2017 @ 8:08am

If you really want to fight racism then boot teams out of competitions, demands Manchester City's Vieira

If you really want to fight racism then boot teams out of competitions, demands Manchester City's Vieira

By Mancunian Matters staff

If the FA really wants to fight racism and show the world they are against it then teams must be banned and booted out of competitions for abuse, demands Manchester City’s Patrick Vieira.

The Blues’ football development executive said he never experienced racist abuse during his career but wants action to stamp out the issue after several high-profile incidents.

And to really punish teams and fans for falling foul of the rules, then they must be ejected from football and receive hefty penalties.

"If you really want to fight racism, if you really want to show to the world that football wants to fight against it, you will have to use a deduction of points against clubs or kick them out of competition," the former Arsenal captain told The Times.

"That will stop it, of course. If you kick a club out of Europe because they couldn't control their fans, it will happen once and I will guarantee it's not going to happen twice.

"If nothing is done, the situation will get worse and worse and you never know where things will go.

"Before we get to a place where you can't control it any more, you have to stop it straight away and the only way you can stop it is to have clear, strong punishments."

Referee Mark Clattenburg was last week cleared of making any racial slurs against Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel during their fiery clash with Manchester United.

And the issue of racism in football has been heavily scrutinised following John Terry’s and Luis Suarez’s bans for abusing their opponents.

Vieira is now calling on footballing bodies to make stricter measures to adhere to before things get out of control.

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