Warnock - No big racism issue
QPR boss believes racism is 'minimal' in English football
Last Updated: December 23, 2011 3:35pm
Neil Warnock: Has rejected the idea that racism is widespread in English football
Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock believes there is only a 'minimal' problem with racism in English football.
His comments come in a week when Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was charged £40,000 and handed an eight-game ban by the Football Association for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
And Warnock's own defender, Anton Ferdinand, has been at the centre of a storm which has seen John Terry charged by the Crown Prosecution Service for racist comments made in Chelsea's game with Rangers earlier this season.
The England captain has denied the comments and is still to find out how he will be dealt with by the FA.
But Warnock is convinced that there is no large-scale problem with racism in English football, especially compared to other European countries.
He said: "I think it is minimal, I do honestly. Look at the world and see what happens in Spain, Holland and all these other places.
"There would be an outcry if things that happen in those countries were allowed to happen and things were said without action. I think it is absolutely horrendous.
"And then FIFA get complaints about racist comments and the clubs get fined 12,000. Why bother?
"If people are chanting racist obscenities I think they should get banned for life or banned for a season. And you shouldn't fine clubs £12,000, you should stop the fans coming in the next game.
"You have got to punish them to punish them, not just make it look like you are for the sake of it."
QPR are preparing for a clash at fellow-promoted club Swansea City next Tuesday but, ahead of the game, questions were inevitably asked about John Terry's ongoing case.
Warnock has constantly supported his defender and insists that he will not be forced into answering questions over the alleged comments.
He added: "Other clubs can say what they want, but our club has, right from the word go, said we won't be commenting on it.
"We will let the proper people look at it and then they can decide. They are the experts, we are not the experts.
"I have supported Anton like everyone else has behind the scenes, but I don't think we have to go public on that and can keep things (in house)."