David James has urged England not to stroll off the pitch in the occasion of racist abuse in either of their subsequent two Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Striker Tammy Abraham has stated that the group are ready to ignore UEFA protocols and leave the field against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria through this international break if there is any repeat of the sort of abuse directed at England’s black players through the qualifier in Montenegro in March.

But James, who suffered racist abuse through his personal playing profession, believes the ideal strategy is to play on.

Tammy Abraham has said England players could walk off the pitch if they are subjected to racist abuse in either of the next two qualifiers
Tammy Abraham has stated England players could stroll off the pitch if they are subjected to racist abuse in either of the subsequent two qualifiers (John Walton/PA)

He told the PA news agency: “When you are going to a specific atmosphere, you have to recognize that if there is not a protocol by UEFA to leave the pitch then you have to stick to the guidelines.

“Providing there is no physical danger to the players, the ideal way they can answer the abuse is by playing the ideal they can, winning the game, walking off the pitch at the finish of 90 minutes and then placing in a complaint.”

UEFA operates a 3-step protocol in the occasion of the referee or other officials becoming conscious of racist abuse from supporters inside a stadium.

Danny Rose was targeted during the match away to Montenegro
Danny Rose was targeted through the match away to Montenegro (Nick Potts/PA)

Initial an announcement is produced more than the stadium’s public address program ordering the abuse to cease, and if it persists the referee will take the teams off the field for a affordable period of time.

If the abuse continues just after that break, then the game is abandoned.

James insists the ideal way to respond to any racist abuse is to attempt to rise above it.


“Tammy Abraham is a excellent footballer. I do not want him to endure any abuse at all, of course, but he can answer that sort of abuse with a 5-star functionality, (get) 3 points for England, then let the FA and UEFA deal with the concerns afterwards,” he stated.

“As a footballer you have to have thick skin, and that does not condone any sort of racial abuse, but all it does show is that you are capable of playing below intense provocation. You will be the higher man if you show that you can carry out in these circumstances.”

James also spoke about one more issue affecting society at the moment, the rise of gambling addiction, specially amongst young males.



Specialist clinics have opened this year to combat the rise, even amongst individuals as young as 13.

James has teamed up with GambleAware and the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) as an ambassador for the Safer Gambling campaign – Bet Regret, and believes the ease of access to gambling can be an concern for some individuals.

“It’s about avoiding risky betting. Boredom, getting drunk and chasing losses – all 3 apply to younger individuals for the reason that they can get themselves into these positions,” he stated.

“I utilized to play fruit machines, basically carrying out the very same issue. The atmosphere has changed, you can go on your telephone, tablet or what ever and it is accessible basically 24 hours a day.

“It’s a challenging circumstance to deal with. The freedom and ease of carrying out it can bring about challenges. It is about attempting to make individuals conscious of specific scenarios exactly where you are probably to make an impulsive bet.”

James admits footballers are at equal threat of succumbing to a gambling addiction as anybody, but is pleased that the level of help from charities and the players’ union the Experienced Footballers’ Association has enhanced considering that his playing days.

“We as footballers are the very same. Folks would play cards, go down the bookies just after a education session, I’d go and play on the fruit machines,” he stated.

“It’s normally been there, thankfully now thanks to the campaign we are in a position to give guidance to the target group of individuals and attempt to eradicate the risky gambling.”

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