Gary Neville demands compulsory racism education for all football fans, players and staff

England players take the knee ahead of a friendly against Romania on Sunday (Image: The FA via Getty Images)

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Football fans, players and staff should do compulsory education against racism to wipe out vile hate from the game, Gary Neville has said.

The Manchester United legend blasted those who say "we don't tolerate racism" but fail to do "a d*** thing" about abuse.

England players were booed by fans at a friendly against Romania on Sunday as they took the knee in a protest against discrimination.

Gareth Southgate has insisted players will continue to make the anti-racist gesture and said the squad will ignore jeers from supporters.

It comes after Prince William joined clubs and players in a boycott of social media to protest against racism in football.

Gary Neville blasted failures to take action against racism in football
(Image: Offside via Getty Images)

In an event on reforming football hosted by thinktank Onward, Neville called for a major push to educate people across football against racist hate.

He said: "We should deal with societal issues and tackle the major issues like racism, homophobia, LGBTQ issues, women in football.

"It’s ridiculous that I'm still seeing statements from football stakeholders about 'we don’t tolerate racism' whilst not doing a d*** thing about it.

"It's ridiculous. There should be greater consequences and they should implement education. Simple as that.

"That's everyone throughout the game. That's season ticket holders at football clubs.

"It should be compulsory education programmes that can be delivered through the wealth in the game for all Premier League fans, administrators, people who work in football clubs, players.

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"We all have to be educated and we all have to buy into it."

The pundit added: "For me, football should tackle societal issues and shouldn't disconnect from it and should start really acting properly."

His comments came after Downing Street failed to condemn fans for booing players.

The Prime Minister's spokesman said Boris Johnson “supports individuals’ right to protest” by taking the knee in order to “make their feelings known about injustices.”

Asked if he would condemn the booing, the spokesman said: “[The PM] would want all England fans to be respectful in any football match, and as I've said he respects the right of those who want to peacefully protest in this way.”

The PM has previously said he would not take the knee himself, the spokesman said, adding: "The PM is more focused on actions rather than gestures."

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