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Anti-racism campaigner Lord Herman Ouseley has insisted that football alone cannot solve the issue of racism and that there needs to be a change in society.

Lord Ouseley, the Kick It Out founder and chairman, said he would not comment directly on the John Terry case, instead preferring to look at the issue of racism as a whole.

"Quite often I disagree with John Barnes, but I heard him on TV last night and I had to agree with his rationale when he stated that football still has a problem with racism because society has a problem with racism," he told ESPN.

"Football has done so much, but football alone can't solve the problem of racism. It is about football containing it; managing the worst excesses.

"Twenty years ago, I decided I could no longer go to watch football, so we have come a long way. People who come to football know certain things won't be tolerated and they will be kicked out of grounds. If we have had two incidents on the field, that is not commonplace - what is important is how you manage it.

"No one can expect anything that can eradicate racism - even a black president of the United States can't do that - so football can't. But football can do better to squeeze it out of football to make sure it is left at the gates.

"Society is what it is, whether it's about Jewish people, homosexuals or black people, and especially in times of recession they are marked out. In sport it must be about competing and winning, about shaking hands, about wearing t-shirts in support of anti-racism.

"What I can say is that, when it comes to managing the issues, not as much is being done as should be done."