Former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Clarence Seedorf believes there’s plenty of hate speech that goes unpunished.
“There is a lot of talk but not enough being done. The need is obvious and very urgent," Seedorf said.
"From a players' perspective, I have seen stuff with players speaking and covering their mouth during matches. There were some racist situations in the last weeks or months where the players among themselves had hate speeches.
"Those things can be very easily attacked by implementing some rules.
The Dutchman further believes that there is a lot more to the sight of seeing a player sharing a word with an opponent, while the mouth and lips are concealed with a hand.
"When we're talking about sport it has to be completely transparent, so why would I cover my mouth if I need to talk with my adversary?
"If I want to talk to my coach or a team-mate, all fine, but when I approach the referee or another player in any sport, you are not allowed to cover your mouth, it has to be a sanction, a yellow card,” Seedorf added.