Manchester United legend Gary Neville has blamed the football authorities for the controversy over Edinson Cavani’s Instagram comment.
Former United defender Neville believes failure to educate foreign players on the rules is the reason for the latest racism row.
He also points out that it’s important for employers and schools to include diversity training programmes.
Gary Neville told Sky Sports: “We hear the words education and training and yet football is still incapable of putting a curriculum in place for its players, for its members, for its fans that is compulsory.
“Why is Edinson Cavani not subjected to diversity inclusion training and education the minute he comes into this country?
“If we truly are going to root out discrimination in this country it has to become part of the curriculum, in school and within sport. Every employer in the country has to enter into a diversity inclusion training programme and implement it and execute it.”
The former United captain added: “Still to this day, in football, we have banners being held, players taking the knee, wave flags in the air and wear badges on our chest, where is the education and training? This could have been prevented.
“We are still going to continue to see incidents like this where Cavani reposted that Instagram story didn’t have a clue that he was doing anything wrong. And within 24 hours he is having to apologise for it.
“The Premier League, the FA, the EFL, the LMA and the PFA. They are all funded, they all have lots of money, put a diversity inclusion set of protocols and processes in place that are fixed that all five buy up to.
“We have five different slogans and they cannot even come together on a singular campaign on something they should be one on. At least collaborate on important issues that are societal. Drive it out of the game, root out discrimination and it has to be done by education and training.
“That means players and everyone that takes part in this game, including us, to bi-weekly or monthly training on diversity inclusion and why people take offense to certain words and why some people don’t. If it offends someone it is a problem.”