Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand wants "bans and massive fines" to be imposed on racist players.
Ferdinand has called for a tougher stance on racism
Ferdinand's brother, the West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand, recently complained of racist abuse during an England Under-21 game against Germany.
And Rio Ferdinand told BBC Radio Five Live Sport: "People need to be hung out to dry. There needs to be nowhere they can have a safe haven.
"Until the punishment is severe, people will do it and get away with it."
He added: "The powers that be have a part to play.
"Has anything happened since that England Under-21 game?
"If it was something silly like someone pulling shirt over their heads to celebrate a goal I am sure Fifa president Sepp Blatter would have been in the media somewhere talking about it.
"Up until now I have not heard anything said."
Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy claimed he was racially abused by Wisla Krakow's Serbian defender Nikola Mijailovic in last Thursday's Uefa Cup tie.