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Michail Antonio believes racism should be dealt with bigger punishments

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Michail Antonio of West Ham United is challenged by Patrick van Aanholt of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on February 9, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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The West Ham United forward believes if the teams with racist incidents suffered point deductions, the racism would stop.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah allegedly received racist abuse from West Ham United fans earlier this month.

And for the Hammers attacker Michail Antonio, those fans will never understand unless the punishment is harder on them.

That’s why he’s calling for a plan to deduct points or close stadiums for the team where fans are involved in this incident.

“Finding an individual does nothing,” he told Sky Sports News.

“That one person, okay, he gets banned for life but to be honest no one has a picture of his face. He can get back into the stadium.”

“If you affect their team – these fans love their team – the fans, his friends, are going to turn on him,” he added.

“If you start playing games behind closed doors and deducting points, then the problem is inside themselves. They are going to deal with it themselves.”

“86 percent is quite high, to be honest – I wouldn’t have said 86,” he commented about the number of people that have seen a racist act in English football.

“I would have said more in the 40s but I put it down to ignorance more than anything else.”

“I feel like it is getting worse but I’m not going to blame the English leagues,” he added.

“I would blame the FA and UEFA because I don’t feel like they’re strict enough when it happens.”

“Racism can be stopped in football stadiums but it all depends on what the FA and UEFA want to do about it,” he continued.

“If they want to hammer down on it next season, it could take five or 10 years [to eradicate].”

“If they keep thinking of other solutions rather than just hitting it straight on the head, then it could take generations,” Antonio concluded.