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PFA - Racist abuse should merit sack
The Professional Footballers Association want to make racist abuse on the field a sackable offence next season.
PFA chief Gordon Taylor has announced the proposal, which would see a clause to that effect written into players' contracts.
It will need the backing of the Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee, which includes the Premier and Football League, but Taylor told the Guardian: "I don't see a problem with that being introduced."
He added: "It just highlights the point in the standard players' contract. It would say that racist abuse, if found guilty, will be classed as gross misconduct and a reason to terminate a contract.
"I feel it's important to highlight it, bearing in mind what has happened, and not mess about with it and not afford for anybody to be ambiguous about what the consequences are.
"I'm not saying it's ambiguous [now]. But just to really put it in there means there is no misunderstanding on how seriously we take it. If any player is found guilty of racist abuse, the club and the player need to be aware that could be a solid reason for terminating the contract."
Taylor has been an outspoken advocate of bringing American football's "Rooney Rule", whereby NFL teams must include at least one ethnic minority candidate on their shortlist for a head coach job, to England.
He also warned that the booing of Patrice Evra by Liverpool fans, seemingly in response to his making a complaint of racism against Luis Suarez, could deter black players from drawing attention to the matter.
And in tandem with the new contractual measure, Taylor also wants to improve education around the issue of racism.
"Rather than just concentrate on the young apprentices as part of their curriculum, we want to introduce it to all senior players," he said.