Banning Montenegro or calling for players to walk off the pitch whenever they hear racist misuse is not the response to football’s issues, in accordance with former England winger John Barnes.

“It can not be tolerated but we’ve got it the wrong way around,” said Barnes.

“You can not get rid of it in football before you get rid of it .”

Barnes, who played 79 days for England and suffered racist abuse throughout his career, included:”It’s hypocritical for all of us at this country to look at Montenegro and state how awful it really is when it happens weekly in this nation.

“Attempt to figure out a method to stop people wanting to boo because someone is shameful. Let us look at what’s going on in society and attempt to handle it.”

There have been suggestions that Montenegro must have points deducted out of their European Championship qualifying campaign, or be excluded from the competition.

After Monday’s match, England boss Gareth Southgate was asked if he should have accepted his team off the pitch, but Barnes does not believe either option is practical.

“If we wish to throw teams outside afterward I will accompany that however, this can be the issue – do not just pick on Montenegro, pick on everyone,” he said.

“Should Chelsea be thrown out the Premier League for alleged misuse of Raheem Sterling? And it’s really not only Chelsea, I am convinced it happens at Liverpool as well and I am convinced at every football arena there’ll undoubtedly likely be racist abuse.

“Walking off, for me, isn’t the solution. Who determines what you’ve discovered? Just how a lot of people do you’ve got to hear? One? So in the event that you hear one everybody walks off? Or does this need to be 10 or does this need to be 100? Who determines?

“Can it be a shameful player along with a snowy player that is going to walk off? When a black player does not walk off does that make it okay for the white players? Or are they culpable because they do not walk off?”

But, Troy Townsend, head of evolution to anti racism charity Kick Out, disagreed with Barnes and contested whether European football’s governing body Uefa had been”brave enough” to ban teams out of rivals.

“What I would like is arena closures, expulsions from rivals, federations held accountable for not only the players but the supporters inside their maintenance,” said Townsend.

“The first time that takes place [expulsion out of a championship ] it’ll send a massive message outside that this is not okay any more.

“I believe there’ll be a time once we’ll get to a stage where players will take the matter into their own hands, and managers is going to do what is appropriate for all those players and believe the fact that maybe it isn’t worth it for three points.”

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World governing body Fifa has a three-step protocol which allows a referee to pause a match and ask a scene statement asking for chanting to stop if racism has been heard. After that, the referee can suspend the match and ask another statement and abandon the match if the chanting does not stop.

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks was unhappy the Army didn’t adhere to this procedure on Monday.

“What really disappointed me is that we know Montenegro have previous,” said Crooks. “Gareth Southgate knew that which is why he said his players were going to a hostile environment. He had to be a lot more specific than that – his black players were all going inside that environment.

“The referee should possess, in my own view, commissioned the routine. Southgate must have asked him,’Are you really going to enact this routine? If not, I’m taking my players off the pitch’.

“When black players have been abused the referee is now able to do it – it has taken 25 years for the place – and the match isn’t protecting them. We’ve to contain the game and administrators to accounts.”