PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has told talkSPORT the only way to resolve the situation between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra is for the whole of football to unite and put a stop to it.
Liverpool striker Suarez rejected the opportunity to shake Manchester United captain Evra’s hand before the Red Devils’ 2-1 victory victory at Old Trafford on Saturday, a gesture that was seen as an admission of a lack of guilt on the Uruguayan's part.
The incident has reignited a feud between the two sides which saw Suarez given an eight-game ban for racially abusing United’s French defender in October last year.
And it now looks set to spiral out of control with Taylor insisting the only way to get the situation back under control is for football’s governing bodies to come together and ensure the progress made in stamping racism out of the game is not wasted.
“It needs all the football family to get round a table and sort it,” said Taylor.
“Racism can divide people and separate them and I need everyone in football to deal with it and move on together.
“From that point of view you can’t do it with separate bodies. It needs the FA, the Premier League, the Football League, the PFA and the LMA round the table with the consent of the clubs and to not let the great progress we have made be put aside for the sake of two incidents.”
Taylor also admitted he can’t understand Liverpool’s refusal to accept any responsibility for Suarez’s behaviour.
And he claims he doesn’t think the Anfield club could have handled the situation any worse than they have.
“I don’t like to see what is happening at Liverpool, the criticism they have had but on the other hand there is something that is plainly wrong and if that is plainly condoned then that is even more wrong.
“That’s why I don’t understand their reaction and I don’t understand with the ownership of the club and the management of the club and the players at the club, I can’t think how it could have gone worse.”