By Mike Keegan For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 GMT, 8 January 2020 | Updated: 22:48 GMT, 8 January 2020
The Professional Footballers Association want jail sentences as a punishment for those found guilty of racist offences at football matches, treating them as 'hate crimes'.
Officials from the PFA will make their case to the government for a change in the law. They want to see judges hand down custodial terms, which they believe will act as a strong deterrent.
The move comes after several incidents which have blighted the game. Last month, at the Manchester derby, a City fan was arrested after he appeared to make a monkey gesture at United player Fred. On the same day, a League Two clash between Scunthorpe United and Forest Green Rovers was halted amid allegations of racist abuse.
PFA chief Gordon Taylor wants jail sentences for those