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Foreign players and managers coming to England from overseas will have "cultural lessons" to make them aware of rules on discrimination under proposals to tackle racism.

The football's authorities' response comes after the Government's call for tougher action to tackle discrimination. Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said that the proposals included all players and managers having lessons on cultural awareness.

Taylor said: "Up until now we have had cultural awareness courses for our apprentices and the plan now is to extend these to senior players and coaches, including those coming from overseas. We want to make sure there there is no misunderstanding with regards to the rules and regulations on discrimination."

It follows two high-profile incidents of racist abuse last year when Luis Suárez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Patrice Evra after the Liverpool striker admitted calling the Manchester United defender "negro" - but claimed it was acceptable in his native Uruguay.

A week after Suárez and Evra's altercation Chelsea's John Terry was alleged to have called QPR's Anton Ferdinand a "f****** black c***". Although Terry was cleared in court the FA banned him for four matches and fined the former England captain £220,000.

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Suárez was banned for eight matches after he racially abused Evra

The document containing the proposals is part of a joint response to the Government from the FA, the PFA, the Premier League and Football League, but still has to be signed off by the FA board.

On Monday Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley accused the football authorities, as well as Chelsea and Liverpool, of a failure of "morality and leadership" in their response to the Terry and Suárez affairs.

He said said both clubs protected their players because they were "assets".

"There is very little morality in football among the top clubs," Ouseley told The Guardian. "Leadership is so important; you have to send a powerful message that racism is completely unacceptable. But there is a moral vacuum.

"The big clubs look after their players as assets. There was no bold attitude from them, to say that they would not put up with it."

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