Football can’t tackle racism, insists Barnes

FORMER England star John Barnes insists football’s anti-racism efforts are doomed to failure as long as the problem exists in wider society.

High-profile on-field incidents this season have prompted fears of a growing problem, but Jamaica-born Barnes, who was targeted as a player, believes the game’s attempts to combat racism are superficial.

“We are looking at it the wrong way round, we have to cut it from society,” he said. “Are we trying to get rid of racism, or do we just not want to hear it? Football can do nothing to get rid of racism.”