Jamaica international Garath McCleary claims more needs to be done to combat the scourge of racism in modern football.

Recently, high profile cases saw Jamaica-born Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly both subject to racist abuse from fans, which has led to the practice once again coming sharply into focus.

McCleary is no stranger to such incidents, having faced bitter vitriol from a Bradford fan in 2015.  The guilty party was eventually found and suspended for three years.  Although admitting that racism’s impact on the game has clearly lessened in recent years.  McCleary pointed out that it had not completely gone and is convinced a lot more can be done.

"I saw a documentary with Ian Wright called 'Out of their Skin' and it was a lot worse back in the 1970s, 80s and 90s,” McCleary said.

"People say it’s been eradicated, but I know it hasn’t. I know a few teammates who it’s happened to as well, but I won’t go into that,” he added.

"The fact it happened to Raheem Sterling in a massive game highlighted it all again, but it still goes on a lot lower down the divisions and everywhere really.

"In my case, the fan who said what he said to me got a three-year ban which I don’t think is enough.

Going forward I think more needs to happen like education.

"The humiliation of being re-educated in a community in which you have been dishing out racist abuse could help in some way.”

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