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.”