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Sarri gives way forward on racism in football


Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants a new rule allowing matches to be halted if players are racially abused.

Sarri was speaking after the racist abuse of England players including Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi marred Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro.

Hudson-Odoi was also racially abused during Chelsea’s Europa League match at Dynamo Kiev earlier in March.

Lamenting the “stupid people” responsible for racism in football, Sarri claimed he would like to see tougher rules that allow teams to walk off in the event of abuse.

Asked if he would take his Chelsea players off the pitch, Sarri said: “We need a rule I think, a rule for the Premier League, but for all the championships, for all of football. A rule that can permit us to stop the match.”

Former Napoli boss Sarri worked in Italy for many years where racism in football has been an issue.

“In every country there are some stupid people I think, so it’s a big problem,” he said.

“I think that we need to do something different, probably it’s right to stop the match for 10 minutes in the first situation.”

This season Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling, who was abused by Montenegro supporters on Monday, was also subjected to alleged racist taunts from Chelsea fans during a Premier League match in December.

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a banana skin thrown at him by a Tottenham supporter in the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium in December.


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