Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino have joined a growing number of Premier League managers to voice concern over racism in football, and have called for tougher action to be taken.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Tottenham’s match against Liverpool on Sunday, Pochettino told reporters that if his players receive racist abuse: “I am the first to say. ‘Stop, we are not going to play.’
“There is nothing more important in this life than to protect the values and principles and no-one can abuse.
“The most important thing is that you cannot make someone feel and treat them like that.”
This approach was backed by Liverpool manager Klopp, who said he would do whatever necessary to protect his players.
He said: “Whatever I could do, I would do. We have to stop games, we have to do everything.” Read more