Clubs should lose points over racism – Michail Antonio


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West Ham forward Michail Antonio has said clubs should be docked points or forced to play behind closed doors if their fans are guilty of racial abuse during games.

The latest in a number of recent high-profile incidents saw Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah targeted at West Ham’s London Stadium last week.

The club handed evidence to the police and vowed to ban the fan for life, but Antonio says authorities must do more.

“Finding an individual does nothing,” said the West Ham forward.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he added: “That one person, he gets banned for life but no-one has a picture of his face. He can get back into the stadium.”

Antonio wants to see the Football Association impose stricter sanctions on clubs where such incidents take place.

“If you start playing games behind closed doors and deducting points, then the problem is inside themselves, they’re going to deal with it themselves,” he said.

“If you affect their team, the fans, his friends, are going to turn on him.

“I would blame the FA and Uefa because I don’t feel like they’re strict enough when it happens. If they want to hammer down on it next season, it could take five or 10 years.

“If they keep thinking of other solutions rather than just hitting it straight on the head, then it could take generations.”

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