Klopp, Guardiola would back players leaving pitch over racist abuse

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Published on March 29, 2019 - Duration: 01:27s

Klopp, Guardiola would back players leaving pitch over racist abuse

Juergen Klopp and Pep Guardiola say they would call their players off the pitch in the face of racism from crowds.

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Klopp, Guardiola would back players leaving pitch over racist abuse

SHOWS: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (MARCH 29, 2019) (BBC - NO USE UK) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP SAYING: "I don't think I would do it, I don't know, it's very difficult for me to hear it, to hear things like that in the stadium.

Probably see it in a moment, if it's one guy or two guys or whatever or it's the whole stand I would do it, yes, 100 percent.

If the whole stand is the same opionion, but that's too much power for one or two idiots or three or four idiots, it's too much power but we have to find ways to punish these guys, to get them out." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP SAYING: "Whatever I could do I would do, we have to stop games, we have to do everything.

I understand (England manager) Gareth (Southgate) didn't do it and say 'come on, off the pitch and stop like that but we have to make clear that's not allowed and that's not possible." 4.

WHITE FLASH MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK ((MARCH 29, 2019) (BBC - NO USE UK) 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER PEP GUARDIOLA SAYING: "We could do that.

We could do that.

Football is a strong weapon, not nice words to say, a strong weapon to defend the principles of humanity." 6.

WHITE FLASH 7.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER PEP GUARDIOLA SAYING: "I think in Europe, not in football, it's getting worse, yes." 8.

WHITE FLASH 9.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER PEP GUARDIOLA SAYING: "People have confused it as a football problem.

No, it's not a football problem, it's a problem for everybody, everyone in society." STORY: Juergen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are both willing to halt matches if players are subject to racist abuse, the like of which experienced by some England players in Montenegro this week.

UEFA have opened an investigation after England players Danny Rose, Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi said they were victims of the abuse during their 5-1 win in Podgorica.

Liverpool manager Klopp believes a walk off caused by a minority of supporters would give "too much power for one or two idiots", but said the decision should be down to match officials if abuse escalated.

"If it's the whole stand I would do it, 100 percent," Klopp told reporters ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

"But it's too much power for one or two idiots.

We have to find ways to punish these incidents.

"It's not that the coaches should do that - match officials - because if I take the players off and they say it was not that serious, you lose the game, our job is to win football games." Guardiola is also in favour of taking his Manchester City players off the pitch, adding football should try and set an example for action against racism.

"We could do that (walk off)," the Spaniard added.

"Football is a strong weapon to defend the principles of humanity.

People said you can't mix football and politics but that's not true.

"It's not a football problem, it's society itself.

I think in Europe, not in football, it's getting worse." The Football Association Board met on Thursday to discuss the incidents in Montenegro and called on a structured campaign within UEFA and FIFA to ensure that incidents such as this are dealt with appropriately.

The Board also agreed that there should be more transparency on FA charges going forward when clubs are found to be in breach of the rules following such incidents in the domestic game.

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