Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun, has said that tackling racism is a collective responsibility and that more ‘extreme punishments’ are needed.

The 31-year-old Brighton defender also supports players walking off the pitch, but admitted it is only part of what needs to be done.

Balogun wants those not being targeted on the pitch to fully support their team-mates who feel that leaving the pitch is their only option, so that not too much pressure is put on the individuals.

Balogun says in order to get the message across, fans who do not take part in the abuse must also get involved in the battle against racism.

A recent rise in incidents of racism across Europe has been met with financial penalties and partial stadium closures.

He is also adamant that the kind of sanctions being handed down is simply not having the necessary affect.

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