Cyrille Regis: Yaya Touré did the right thing – now the authorities must take this seriously
They have tried fines and they haven't worked
Thursday 24 October 2013
It's disappointing to see racism on a football pitch making an unwelcome return in the 21st century. But I thought Yaya Touré did exactly the right thing aganst CSKA Moscow, only to be badly let down by the referee.
Yaya complained about monkey noises coming from the crowd during the match and there's nothing more you can do as a player in that situation. I don't believe walking off the pitch is the right thing to do because you need to go through the correct procedures. When I was playing, it never crossed my mind to walk off, even when it seemed like the whole stadium was hurling racial abuse at me.
But having been told what was was going on (and presumably having heard it with his own ears), the referee had to take action. Officials are given clear guidelines about what to do in this situation so if they haven't done their jobs properly there should be an investigation and the referee should face the music. They are the people who are supposed to be protecting players when they are on the pitch after all.
Now it's up to Uefa to take this issue seriously. The governing bodies have to come up with a strong enough deterrent to stop racism. That doesn't seem to be the case at the moment because it keeps on happening. Things have come a long way since the 1970s but when racism does rear its head, it has to be stamped on quickly. Clubs need to be given a clear signal that this sort of behaviour is unacceptable in this day and age.
I'm not sure exactly what sort of punishment there should be because they've tried fines in the past and that hasn't worked. We need to find something that is going to hit these clubs hard where it hurts. Russia is meant to be hosting the World Cup in five years so it's not a great advert for them or Fifa.
Latest in Sport
Toni Kroos admits switch to Manchester United is 'a possibility for me'
Bayern Munich 1 Arsenal 1 - player ratings: Who scored highest for the Gunners – Mesut Ozil or Lukas Podolski?
Bayern Munich 1 Arsenal 1 match report: Lukas Podolski goal fails to inspire comeback at the Allianz Arena as Gunners are knocked out of Champions League
Bayern Munich 1 Arsenal 1: Arjen Robben accused of being a 'very good diver' by Arsene Wenger after Gunners exit Champions League
Ian Wright breaks down in ITV documentary charting his rise to Arsenal and England striker
- 1 Three-quarters of Britons are saying it wrong - the top ten most common mispronunciations
- 2 Boy George: Bad karma
- 3 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 4 First Kiss video: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 5 Ian Wright breaks down in ITV documentary charting his rise to Arsenal and England striker
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised