John Barnes believes until discrimination has been eradicated from society as a 18, abuse will last in soccer.
Romelu Lukaku became the black participant to get abuse after being exposed on Sunday during Inter Milan’s 2-1 Serie A win over Cagliari.
Paul Pogba, marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham are targeted at misuse prompting calls for societal websites sites to do more to tackle the matter.
Lukaku believes football is”going backward” in regards to stamping out racism and Barnes says the issue will persist unless society will more to teach people about the causes of discrimination.
“I wouldn’t say we are going backward but we’re just where we have been,” said Barnes.
“There is not a footballing solution for this, there’s simply an educational and societal remedy for this problem.
“What can football do? It is a thing that is societal, an enlightening thing. Take a look at the environment people are brought in, and it has nothing to do with soccer.
“Soccer is a car for them to reveal [racism] but it’s no problem in football, it’s a problem in society.
“Until we start to question it, it will exist in all walks of society.”
Barnes says the recent incidents of racist abuse from football are a”disgrace” but believes the sport is doing much more to eradicate the problem than a number of different regions of society.
He said:”Michael Johnson and Chris Powell have only been given jobs in the English FA and, even although I am not a huge fan of positive discrimination, but at least football seems to be doing something to address the issue.
“We absolve ourselves of responsibility with just looking at football to discuss the huge problems.
“Yes we have the issue of racism in soccer but they appear to do more than other businesses, in attempting to promote equality.
“If you want to keep it to a football degree, yes it is a disgrace and something needs to be done, but no one has produced a strategy to attempt to do anything else about it.”

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