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GARY NEVILLE has called on the Premier League to stop hiding from its racism problem and has encouraged players to walk off the field when they experience racist abuse during matches.
The issue of racism appeared again in the English top flight clash between Tottenham and Chelsea when defender Antonio Rudiger pointed out alleged abuse coming from the crowd.
Three announcements were made over the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium public address system warning fans to end their offensive conduct.
The game was allowed to conclude, as Chelsea went on to win 2-0, but the occasion was marred by the alleged racist abuse.
After another incident this season, Neville called out UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for fuelling racism in the country.
The former Manchester United full-back reiterated on Sunday that the problem is prevalent throughout British society, but called on the authorities to stamp it out of football as soon as possible.
“We have a racism problem in the Premier League, in England, and the Premier League have got to stand up,” Neville said on Sky Sports . “They hide behind the FA, the Premier League, on this issue, they hide behind the FA, in my opinion. They push disciplinary issues to the FA.
“If it’s accepted in the highest office in the country, we’re not talking at a micro-level, we’re talking about it at the absolute highest office in the country.
“And it’s the same here today, we’ve seen an incident, to be fair which we could say is down to one individual person, but it’s a far bigger problem than that.