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Paul Parker: 'It would be terrible if a player walked off amid racial abuse'

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Porto striker Moussa Marega attempted to take direct action.

Former England defender Paul Parker believes players should stand their ground and not walk off the pitch if they are subjected to racist abuse from the terraces.

Porto striker Moussa Marega was restrained by team-mates and opposition players as he reacted angrily to apparent monkey chants from Vitoria Guimaraes fans after scoring against his former club on Sunday.

Marega attempted to make a stand by leaving the pitch, gesturing to the home fans en route and was eventually substituted amid jeers from the stands.

Following the Primeira Liga clash, Marega took to social media to hit out at the "idiots" involved from the section of the home support and also at the match officials for not "defending" him.

Former England full-back Parker – part of Sir Bobby Robson's squad which reached the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup – believes players taking direct action is not the answer.

"People want to shout about it and keep doing it, but maybe I am old school – you don't give them anything, you don't let them even know that you are remotely bothered, because these people are better off without any attention," Parker told the PA news agency.

Parker will be taking part in Prostate Cancer UK's Football to Amsterdam bike ride from June 5 to 7.

The former England defender is looking forward to getting back in the saddle again to tackle the 145 miles and help push the cumulative fundraising total towards £3million.

"Being involved in it last year, I realised it was not just a bike ride, it was a place to meet and chat – and then you get involved in the conversations with people about their experiences," said Parker.

"Prostate Cancer UK is a terrific cause and is making huge strides in football and beyond. Events like Football to Amsterdam are playing a massive part in driving change for men, but there's still a lot of work to be done."

:: For more information about taking part in Football to Amsterdam 2020, go to prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam and to sponsor Paul, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paulparkerf2a

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