James Lawton: Our own house must be kept clean of racism
It is unfortunate that the problems of the England national team may be compounded by the possibility of playing behind closed doors at Wembley. But if there was indeed racist content in the anti-Ferdinand chanting in Montenegro, there is only one sensible reaction: so be it.
We are hard enough on the racism that occurs so routinely in eastern and southern Europe. We say it is vile and unacceptable and we are right.
It does mean, though, that our house needs to be cleaned as thoroughly as any other. The racists who claim to be England supporters have to be hosed away and one night of an empty Wembley might not be too high a price.
Latest in Sport
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 4 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 5 Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account