With FIFA about to announce the make up of its anti-racism taskforce, one potential member of the body has called for players found guilty of racism to be sacked by their clubs, and banned from representing their countries.
Kevin Prince-Boateng led a walk off of the AC Milan team against Italian lower league side Pro Patria after he was racially abused by their fans.
While labelling his actions in the friendly as “not the right thing to do”, the former Portsmouth player said: “A player who does something wrong, who is racist, can never play for the club again or can never play in the country again.”
In the last 18 months Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Chelsea’s John Terry have both been sanctioned for using racist language.
And Boateng said football authorities needed to be stricter in their punishments for players and fans.
“Money doesn’t really hurt, it’s not the subject that can hurt you so much,” Boateng added in an interview with the BBC.
“If there’s a fan who has done something wrong and he can never come to the stadium again, that is something that can hurt you because you’re a fan and you love the sport.
“Or a football player who does something wrong, who is racist, and can never play for the club again or can never play in the country again. These are the things that hurt and I think this is the right way to go. [It needs to be] very strict, very hard and make it very clear.”
On the question of black and ethnic minority players in positions of power within the game, Boateng said: “If it’s more multi-cultural, it gets more people and more countries involved and these things can help.
“Let’s hope that soon there’s going to be a black [Jose] Mourinho and Pakistani [Pep] Guardiola.”
FIFA is keen to be seen taking the racism issue seriously, with their new anti-racism chief Jeffrey Webb believing tougher penalties like relegation and exclusion from major tournaments need to be introduced.
Experts on ethnic minority under-representation and homophobia in the game are also likely to be recruited to the taskforce led by Webb, a Fifa vice-president from the Cayman Islands.
Webb also plans to meet the perpetrators and victims of racism in English football.
The move is part of a drive by football’s governing body to demonstrate it is taking discrimination in the game seriously.