After the sour incident in England’s win over Montenegro in the UEFA Euro qualifying game, midfielder Raheem Sterling said that racist abuse in football should be banned.
Ross Barkley scored twice as the visitors came from behind to thrash Montenegro 5-1 in the second match of Group A. But the performance was marred by abuse directed at England players.
Besides Sterling, defender Danny Rose and Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi were jeered with monkey chants from the home fans.
Sterling had cupped his ears towards Montenegro fans after scoring England’s fifth goal. The Jamaica-born took to Twitter and posted a picture of himself and captioned it, “Best way to silence the haters (and yeah, I mean racists).” He added emojis of a monkey and kiss throwing face with a hash tag phrase “get some education.”
When asked whether the abusers deserve punishments like stadium bans or teams playing behind closed doors, Sterling said the punishment should be something serious to make them think twice about doing it again.
Hudson-Odoi, who made his first appearance England senior team, said he heard monkey chants, but conceded that was “part of football”.
Coach Gareth Southgate has denounced the racist abuse “unacceptable” and said the Football Association would formally complain to UEFA.