Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Clarke Carlisle has called for a tougher stance on abusive behaviour in world football.
After five days in court Chelsea captain John Terry was found not guilty of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.
Terry was stripped of the England captaincy following allegations he abused Ferdinand with foul, racially abusive language during Chelsea’s surprise 1-0 defeat at Loftus Road in October 2011.
And despite Terry being cleared of his racially aggravated public order offence on Friday, the case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court highlighted the commonplace use of offensive language by many players.
And Carlise, a former England youth international, believes more needs to be done to stamp out the problem.
‘I think generally there is a very high level of abusive language that goes on the pitch and it just seems to be par for the course, but I don’t agree that it should be that way,” he told the BBC.
“If players were sent off and banned because of the language, it would cause them to address their behaviour.”
“It would cause the clubs to clamp down on it too.”
At present, FIFA regulations states the use of “offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures” should result in the dismissal of the guilty player.
Carlise concedes there may be a period of chaos but says it is important for referees to stand firm and follow the guidelines.
“In order to change it, it would take a very strong line from the referees, a very strong line from the governing bodies and it would probably cause mayhem for the short-term period,” the former Burnley defender said, who was released by the club in May.
“We do have the regulations within the game in order to stamp out any kind of foul and abusive language but they are just not enforced to the nth degree.”
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