The Football Association’s Paul Elliott has called for the government to work alongside the sport’s governing bodies to combat racism.
Statistics compiled by football anti-discrimination campaigners Kick It Out suggested there had been a 43% increase in racist abuse in English football in 2018-19 from the previous season.
“We in football are giving off a message about zero tolerance,” said the FA’s inclusion advisory board chief.
“The government has to be alongside.”
In December, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) called for a government inquiry into racist abuse which followed alleged racist behaviour in the match between Tottenham and Chelsea.
Elliott added: “There has to be a duty of care because the by-product of speaking out will be the positive impact and the positive