Super Eagles star Leon Balogun feels that more numbers should be involved in punishing racists, including the setting of severe penalties.
Balogun primarily supports walking off the field but it should not end there. Victims’ teammates should also play their part in the heat of the moment.
"It's like they are afraid because the manager might say 'if you don't want to play, even though you might be an important player to us, we can replace you' and so that's something you will think about at least twice," Balogun told BBC Africa.
"That is what a team is supposed to be. We are a family. We are walking off [together], this would empower so many players who are racially abused because that way they then wouldn't feel alone."
Additionally, the 31-year-old defender believes anti-racism fans have a key role to play when the shameful incidents occur. "You really take away what they love so much so that they understand we need to rethink here for a minute," he explained.
"So it will also affect people who are not involved in the racial abuse of the players. People who just happen to be in the stadium and they will be like 'wait a minute', those ones, let's call them idiots are taking away what we love, what we are passionate about."
The Super Eagles skipper suggested a serious punishment such as the deduction of points will have the needed shock effect.
"At the point it's at right now I think you have to be extreme, even banning a team or like deducting points. You need to shock people the same way racism shocks players.”
"You probably have to go to a place they never expect, where you can actually hurt [punish] those involved in racist behaviour."
Balogun also talks from his past victim exeprience whilst playing in the Bundesliga in his past. "When they are punished, clubs that are affected by the actions of their fans will have to do something about it.”
"They will have to find a solution. 'We are fighting for the championship here or we are fighting for relegation'. We need every point. So they can't allow or afford to lose points over something which is as stupid as racism,” concluded the German-born Nigerian.
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