Former Manchester City and Chelsea forward Shaun Wright-Phillips has insisted fans who are racist in stadiums should be banned from attending matches for life.
The ex-winger, who retired from football in 2017 having finished his career in America with USL Championship side Pheonix Rising, insisted it is no easy task to manage racism in the game.
“To an extent I agree that the FA hasn’t done that much to tackle the problem of racism, but it’s hard to police racism for the FA,” Wright-Phillips said in an exclusive interview with AmericanGambler.com.
“How do they police it? Unless someone makes people aware of what has happened within a stadium, the FA would never know that it is happening.
“I would just ban the fans. I think it’s everywhere and it’s just whether it comes out or not – some people get ahead of themselves and it just comes out.”
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Wright-Phillips also claimed fans need to start understanding their role to control their impulses in stadiums as they are acting as bad role models for the younger generation.
He continued: “When I say ban the fans, not to punish people, but so that fans will start policing it themselves.
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“I don’t want to bring my kid to a stadium and sit next to somebody who is shouting racist chants, because it’s going to make kids think that it’s okay to do it. It’s not only affecting players, but it is affecting kids that are growing up now, and are going to be bringing their kids in future.
“It needs to be nipped in the bud somewhere, and I would just ban those fans for life, and don’t allow them into any football stadium in England.”
Wright-Phillips decided to hang up his boots after a glittering career spanning 18 years in the game.