PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has told ESPN that the FA allowed the John Terry episode to "fester", with an 11-month delay before it was heard.
Speaking for the first time on the guilty verdict which saw Terry given a four-match ban and a £220,000 fine, Taylor was critical of the process that led to Terry's conviction. Indeed, he thinks the wounds may take some time to be healed.
"We have to move on now and move on together and continue our focus to eradicate racism from the game and society," he said.
"We need new educational processes for all players, young and old; for managers and directors; equitable recruitment processes; and a fast-track disciplinary process that does not allow for delays or holding off at the request of the Crown Prosecution Service.
"Twelve months on, the Terry case was not heard by the FA until the day after Luis Suarez shook hands with Patrice Evra at Anfield. Such a delay has allowed the matter to fester and cause divisions which will take time to heal, if ever, in the football family."