Football must get tough on racism, says sports minister Robertson
12:38 GMT, 23 December 2012
Sports minister Hugh Robertson has admitted the recurrence of racist incidents in English football is a concern and has called on the game to work harder to create opportunities for black managers.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Chelsea defender John Terry were both handed bans for racist abuse in the last 12 months.
'I think most of us would be worried by the recurrence of the issues around racism in football,' Robertson told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.
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Asked if the Football Association, who suspended Terry for four games, should have been harder on the England captain, Robertson added: 'Yes, I think in retrospect the answer to that is yes.
'They are in a difficult position because they have to follow the law and there are legal challenges on all sides, but I don't think anybody looking back on this year would think it's been a particularly happy chapter.
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Ugly scenes: Danny Rose was racially abused while playing for England U21s in Serbia
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'It's one of those things racism that you've really got to keep on top of it the whole time.
'I've seen quite a few black players who've asked to come and see me to talk through the problems. They very clearly feel there aren't enough black coaches, there aren't enough black managers, there's a glass ceiling on top them.
'That's why developments like St George's Park are going to be so important to bring through a new generation of black coaches and black managers to try and tackle this.
'Just look at the FA council, and ask yourself how many ex black players and how many women there are on that body, it's not a great advertisement.'