UEFA and FIFA urged to ban England hosting tournaments after racist abuse and fan trouble

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England must be denied the chance to host the World Cup or European Championship until they have made significant progress in tackling racism and fan disorder.

That's the verdict of former West Ham and England Under-21 defender Anton Ferdinand, who believes there must be "consequences" in order for society to move forward.

The aftermath of the Three Lions' run to the final of Euro 2020 has been overshadowed by appalling racist abuse targeting Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.

Football was brought into further disrepute as hundreds of ticketless thugs stormed into Wembley and fought in the concourses in deeply-disturbing scenes.

A ticketless mob stormed into Wembley and were seen fighting in the concourses

The Football Association are believed to be preparing a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup with Ireland, but Ferdinand insists they must be banned from doing so until "bigots" are brought "in tune with today's society".

"Yes, there should be consequences, there definitely should be consequences," Ferdinand told PA when asked if England should be denied host status by FIFA and UEFA.

"That's how people learn, but you've got to be willing to learn, that's the problem.

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"You've got to be willing to understand and be open-minded on what it is, especially when talking about the discrimination side of things.

"A lot of people who shout obscenities and things like that, they will never know what it's like to be racially abused, racially profiled, but what they can do is try to understand it.

"We're in a different generation now, what we're seeing is a multi-cultural stance. It's no longer just ethnic minorities speaking about this.

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"So it's time for these bigots and these uneducated fools to get in tune with today's society.

"And for people who know it's wrong and don't want to speak out about it and check these people, you're also part of the problem.

"To combat this and try to eradicate it, everyone needs to speak about it, not just the people on the receiving end."

Ferdinand has been campaigning against online abuse through BT Sport's Hope United campaign and he hailed England boss Gareth Southgate for setting an example in tackling racism.

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The 36-year-old added: "If there's anyone to model yourself on as a middle-aged white male, look at our leader of the FA in terms of our national team. Look at what he's achieved by opening his mind and understanding different cultures.

"He's given us one of the greatest nights, and greatest days, after 55 years, the jubilation after the semi-final was unbelievable. The social media abuse is heartbreaking, but I'm not surprised.

"People need to wake up: our team is multi-cultural. There will never, ever be an all-white England team again."

Ferdinand claims the unity in the England squad and their progress under Southgate positions them well to challenge for the World Cup in Qatar next year.

"Look through the age groups, they are multi-cultural," he said. "I believe in this team, I think this will spur us on to go and do well in the World Cup

"Look at the pattern, semi-final, final; now we've got to go and win something, and I believe in this group of players. It's not always been about tactics for Gareth Southgate, it's about the person, and the personnel."

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