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FOOTBALL authorities should crack down on clubs that fail to stop their fans chanting abuse from the stands, the top sports prosecutor in England and Wales has said.

Nick Hawkins, lead sports prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, said it was simply not acceptable for the vilest of chants to be laughed off as banter or part of the game because stars were paid lots of money to ‘take it’.

Speaking at the University of Portsmouth last night, he described racist abuse of players and some of the most extreme chants as hate crime.

He said: ‘I would strongly urge clubs to seek to stop their fans singing some of their more choice chants. Do Pompey fans really need to sing about “hitting Scummers with a brick?”’

Clubs who fail to act could be forced to play games behind closed doors or be docked points, while fans could be banned for life, he said.