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Oct 24, 2012

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PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has told ESPN he believes England and the rest of Europe need to follow the Barcelona example and re-write players' contracts to make racial abuse "gross misconduct".

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Taylor, in a one to one interview on the issue of racism in football, explained the players' union are doing, and have been doing, all they can to eradicate racism but are prepared to do more in the light of the current outcry from the John Terry/Anton Ferdinand case.

Taylor announced a five-point plan, but elaborated on the one major innovation that is within the PFA's domain to deliver in discussions with the football authorities.

He said: "Players' contracts are modern and have been adapted over the years, but it is clear that racial abuse should be considered gross misconduct to give clubs the ability to deal with it as it should be dealt with.

"You have to look at the way Barcelona have dealt with it, they are the only club in Europe that has adapted the policy that racial abuse won't be tolerated at their club and have it written into the players' contracts.

"When David Villa signed for Barca he was the first player to have to sign a contract with this stipulation within it, and now that is commonplace at Barcelona.

"With the pattern of racial problems still here and also with other countries in Europe, I would approve of this in England and within Europe.

"There are more talks planned with the football authorities and I would hope that this is adopted into players' contracts."

Gross misconduct gives the clubs the option of sacking a player or moving the agenda on, at least in this country, of the current statutory two-week fine for internal club disciplinary action which can be extended to a maximum of six weeks only with PFA consent.