Gary Neville believes football should empower players to walk off pitch in face of racist abuse

Antonio Rudiger throws an object off the playing surface during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea 
Antonio Rudiger reported a racist incident during Chelsea's win at Tottenham Credit: AFP

Gary Neville has reiterated the call for direct action against racism by players walking off the pitch - and admitted he was "ashamed" not to have done so in support of former team-mate Ashley Cole.

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger reported三级成人视频 being targeted by monkey chants during the second half of the 2-0 win at Tottenham - where there were three stadium announcements saying that "racist behaviour among spectators is interfering with the game".

三级成人视频Following the match, in which Son Heung-min had been sent off for a challenge on Rudiger, former England defender Cole, a pundit on Sky Sports, was asked for his views on the incident and spoke of the abuse directed at him during his playing career.

Neville played in the England team with Cole - who, along with Shaun Wright-Phillips, was subjected to racist abuse during a 2004 friendly against Spain in Madrid.

三级成人视频Neville said: "Ashley was abused at the Bernebeu in a game I played in and probably did not give it a moment's thought really.

Gary Neville did not limit his criticism to football, but called out racism at the highest levels of society Credit: AFP

"We are thinking it as football players, then ultimate you hear about it when there is a media storm, with calls for UEFA, for FIFA, for the Spanish authorities to deal with it... similarly recently with Bulgaria (against England).

"But we have a racism problem in the Premier League in England. And the Premier League have to step up, they hide behind the FA on this issue."

Neville also accused the major political parties of "fuelling racism and accepting racism within their parties" during the recent general election campaign.

三级成人视频He said: "If it is accepted within the highest office in the country, we are not talking about it at a micro level, we are talking about an absolutely enormous level.

"Maybe we have to empower the players to walk off the pitch and stop the entertainment while it is happening. That is the only way I can see it happening.

"I did not walk off the pitch when Ashley was abused 15 years ago, and you might argue that now it's okay for me to sit here in my ivory tower of a commentary box and suggest that players should walk off the pitch.

"Ultimately I would be ashamed of myself for not doing (it) 15 years ago as I would be absolutely proud of players for doing it now to empower them to think, do something about it and take it into your own hands."

At one point Sky Sports host David Jones intervened with a disclaimer: "I am compelled to say that those are the opinions of Gary Neville and not Sky Sports. That is my duty."

W三级成人视频hen a visibly annoyed Neville asked whether or not he agreed, Jones responded: "Whether I do or I don't is irrelevant. I'm here to try and hold a balanced debate."

After the programme, Jones tweeted an apology.

"I'm so sorry to have spoiled what was such an important discussion on racism tonight. I had to intervene when Gary suggested the two main political parties were to blame - I didn't make that clear enough. For that I apologise unreservedly," Jones said.

"I would never purposefully shut down a discussion on racism. I've worked for Sky for over 20 years and know they share my view that racism of any kind should not be tolerated. That is not a debate. And that's why I'm so very disappointed and sorry tonight."