Former footballer, manager and current pundit Gordon Strachan is being criticised after he compared the potential abuse that convicted paedophile Adam Johnson would receive, if he returned to professional football, to racism.
The Scotsman, who played for the likes of Manchester United and Leeds during his career, made the comments when appearing on the Sky Sports show The Debate.
Host, Geoff Shreeves, asked Strachan whether he believed it was possible for Johnson, who has just been released from prison after serving three years for engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old, to ever return to the sport?
In response to the question, Strachan decided to bring up the continued debate about racism in football and if Johnson should be treated the same way as a player who has received racial abuse.
Here's the thing, we're talking vile abuse and things like that.
Let's say he goes out onto the pitch and people start calling him names, are going to do the same as with the racist situation?
Is it alright to call him names now after doing his three years? Are we going to allow that to happen?
Strachan's comment comes amid another turbulent week in football's ongoing struggle to deal with racism and the abuse that black players continue to face from fans when on the pitch.