England Star, Raheem Sterling calls for Premier League to show the way to other European countries in the fight against racism.
Sterling reacted by pulling his ears in front of the home fans when he scored England’s fifth goal, with a missile thrown in his direction in retaliation.
The Manchester City Winger demanded a stadium ban for Montenegro as punishment, while the Football Association released a statement which condemns “abhorrent racist chanting” during the game at the Gradski Stadion.
UEFA opens a disciplinary proceeding against the hosts, which includes a charge of racist behaviour – with a partial stadium ban a possible punishment.
Sterling also faced alleged racist abuse while playing for City at Chelsea in December, the week after a Tottenham fan threw a banana skin at Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
He is adamant the Premier League clubs and authorities must set an example by taking a zero-tolerance approach.
According to Sterling: “Banning one or two people are not going to change anything,”
“That’s just one or two people and then there will be next game again and you are going to ban one or two fans again, I think there has to be a more serious take on this.
The same rules should apply everywhere. It’s no time to be just cancelling out two people’s season tickets.
I think that even if it is just two people, the whole stadium is getting it or the whole nation is getting it, so that will make people think a lot more.”