Former England defender Rio Ferdinand says FIFA and UEFA have "let football down" by failing to eradicate racism.
Ferdinand was responding to the shameful incident in Paris this week in which Chelsea supporters prevented a black man from boarding a train while chanting: "We're racist and that's the way we like it."
The ex-Manchester United man, now with QPR, wrote on Twitter on Saturday that "complacency" has allowed racism to prevail and reiterated those comments in a column for the Sun on Sunday.
To be fair to the (Football Association), they have done more than most to try to eradicate racism from the stands.
We are the standard-bearers. It's not like going to parts of Eastern Europe when you would be thinking to yourself 'what are we going to get here?'. Even those people who are racists here tend to go into a stadium and turn the mute button on for 90 minutes.
But the game as a whole has to take a zero-tolerance approach. For years it's been clear than FIFA and UEFA have shied away from doing what they needed to do. They have let football down time and time again.
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Footballer Rio Ferdinand has been fined £25,000 and suspended for three matches over a comment he allegedly made on his Twitter account.
A statement on the FA's website said:
Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches commencing with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after an FA misconduct charge against him was found proven ...
Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Wednesday 29 October, Ferdinand was also fined £25,000, severely warned as to his future conduct and ordered to attend an education programme, arranged by The FA within four months.
Rio Ferdinand has aspirations to become the manager of former club Manchester United or England.
The 35 year-old, who has been panned for a series of disappointing displays since joining QPR as a player in July, told Manchester Evening News:
"I am not stupid enough to think that I will pass all my badges and then Manchester United will come asking me to become their manager.
"But I want to be the best in whatever field I go into and that means managing a big club like United or your country.
“Every player and manager will tell you that when you are growing up you want to play for the best team and it is the same in management."
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Manchester United tweeted: