Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle has called for John Terry to be sacked if found guilty in his race charge trial on Friday.
Terry, 31, is accused of using racist language to QPR centre-half Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match on October 23 last year and the verdict is expected on Friday.
Speaking ahead of the verdict, Carlisle feels that Terry should be treated as he would in any other place of work.
Asked whether that would mean sacking Terry if he is convicted, Carlisle told the Daily Express: "Yes, it should.
"Do I think football should conform to the rules and regulations of every other work place? Yes. Yes, it should.
"In any other walk of life he would have been suspended once the allegation was made.
"If John Terry is found guilty, it will be interesting to see if anyone has the cojones to bring football into line with the rest of the working world, because it would have to sweep through the whole game."
Recent high-profile cases of racism have provoked Carlisle to investigate racism in football for a TV documentary to be broadcast on Monday.
Among the problems he encountered were highly-gifted South Asian players being denied opportunities because of their ethnicity and the limited opportunities open to black managers.
The 31-year-old, who has played in every division of English football, believes a quota system would begin to address the issue.
"I do like the idea of quotas for the application process, not just for coaching or managerial jobs, but for all positions that are available within the structure of football," he said.
"That would definitely be a pre-cursor to addressing the levels of diversity.
"What was also apparent was that the young black footballer didn't feel as though anything was being done about incidents of racism.
"We need to address our processes in dealing with incidents - reporting mechanisms and sanctioning.
"When it comes to scouting young players I don't have a solution, but it's something that needs to be looked at so that clubs are encouraged to embrace their ethnic communities, especially Asian."
Several current black England players were contacted by Carlisle to give their views in the documentary, but all refused to speak out.
"We didn't get a real answer from players about why they were so reluctant to talk," Carlisle said.
"My personal opinion is that they don't because nobody wants to be seen to be a troublemaker by stirring things up or to be perceived as a militant activist.
"Professional footballers earn fantastic wages but their average career span is only eight years.
"You're not going to stick your head above the parapet, even if your perceived apprehensions are founded.
"If they're worried it will affect their career, why would they rock the boat?"