John Barnes believes until discrimination has been eradicated from society racist abuse will remain in soccer.
Romelu Lukaku became the hottest black participant to get abuse after being subjected to monkey chants during the 2-1 Serie A win over Cagliari of Inter Milan on Sunday.
Tammy Abraham, Paul Pogba and marcus Rashford are targeted at abuse prompting calls for societal media websites to do more to handle the issue.
Lukaku believes soccer is”going backward” in relation to stamping out racism and Barnes states the issue will persist unless society will more to educate people about the root of discrimination.
“I wouldn’t say we’re going backwards but we are just where we have been,” said Barnes.
“There is not a footballing remedy to this, there is simply an educational and social remedy for this issue.
“What can soccer do? It is a thing that is social, an enlightening thing. Have a look at the environment individuals have been brought up in, and it has nothing to do with soccer.
“Soccer is a car for them to reveal [racism] however it’s no problem in soccer, it’s an issue in society.
“Until we begin to challenge it, it is going to exist in all walks of culture ”
Barnes says the recent incidents of racist abuse in soccer are a”disgrace” however considers the sport is doing more to eliminate the issue than a number of other regions of society.
He said:”Michael Johnson and Chris Powell have just been given tasks in the English FA and, although I am not a big fan of positive discrimination, at least football seems to be doing anything to deal with issue.
“We absolve ourselves of responsibility by looking at soccer to talk about the huge issues.
“Yes we do have the issue of racism in soccer but they seem to be doing over other industries, in attempting to encourage equality.
“If you want to keep it on a football degree, yes it’s a disgrace and something has to be performed, but no one has come up with a strategy to attempt to do anything about it.”

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