Ex-Premier League ref fumes at FIFA after Man City star Sterling caught up in controversy
FIFA and Uefa must work together to enact the ‘three-step process’ and deal with racism aimed at the likes of Man City star Raheem Sterling.
That is the view of ex-FIFA referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the ugly scenes in Budapest on 2 September.
England thumped Hungary 4-0 but the evening was overshadowed by racist chanting aimed at England’s black players.
There was never any suggestion that Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir would pause the World Cup qualifier to address the abuse.
Hackett explained Uefa’s three-step process for dealing with such incidents and pinpointed where Cakir went wrong at the Puskas Arena.
“They didn’t follow the three-step plan,” he told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitely.
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“What we have to understand is that this plan is an operation by Uefa. But it’s FIFA that control the World Cup games.
“So the first question you have to ask is, have FIFA got a similar plan? But when you have a very experienced referee, you have to apply common sense.
“Rather than get to the ultimate sanction of the players walking off, this is why we have the three-step process.
“I’m not so sure that the media are aware of the there-step process. The first step is that if a referee is aware of racist behaviour, he should stop the game.
“He should then request an announcement to be made over the PA system to immediately stop any racist behaviour.
“You may say that is unrealistic but as referees, we must have the responsibility to take some form of action before the players start walking off.
“The referee can then suspend the match for a reasonable period. In that situation, it might be five to ten minutes.
“Then step three, as a final result, the referee can abandon the match. But all the organisations have got to come together to make this work.“