Football is the "worst sport" when it comes to racism, Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom said on Friday, calling for tougher sanctions to combat the insults.
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Sheffield goalkeeper Wes Foderingham said he had been the victim of "racism and threats against his family" after the defeat at Tottenham in added time last week. For his coach, this incident reflects a broader societal problem.
You can say it's social media – where people are tough and can say what they want – you can get rid of it, but it's deeper than that, because it's inside people," he said.
It's sad. I think we are the worst sport on this subject. I don't know if it's due to the profile (of the public, editor's note), but we are the most affected, "he added.
There have been great advances, in society as in our sport, so we must continue to be tougher and stronger and whenever there are legal proceedings, toughen the sanctions, "he continued, adding that his guardian had been heard by the police.
Sheffield United, 17th in the Premier League with four defeats and a draw, travel to Newcastle (12th) on Sunday and will try to claim their first win of the season.