Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has claimed the length of time taken for the Football Association to deal with the John Terry case caused problems which may never heal.
Chelsea centre-back Terry was banned for four matches on Thursday for using racist language towards Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in October last year.
Taylor says the delay has proved damaging, although he has now called for the game to move on and to continue to eradicate racism.
"Almost 12 months on and the John Terry case was still not heard by the FA until the day after Luis Suarez shook hands with Patrice Evra at Anfield," Taylor said.
"Such a delay has allowed the matter to fester and cause divisions in the football family which will take a long time to heal - if they ever do.
"We have to move on now and move on together and continue our focus to eradicate racism from the game and society.
"There should be new educational processes for all players - young and old, and for managers and directors.
"There should be equitable recruitment processes, and a fast-track disciplinary process that does not allow for delays or holding off at the request of the Crown Prosecution Service."
The FA had delayed its own disciplinary hearing until after the magistrates court case - where Terry was acquitted - at the request of the CPS.