Sven says he would welcome new laws allowing teams to walk off in the face of extreme racist abuse.
Sven-Goran Eriksson says he would welcome new laws allowing teams to walk off the pitch in the face of extreme racist abuse - providing the rules are made clear.
England Head Coach Eriksson has joined the debate about attitudes to racism in football after England’s black players suffered abuse during a friendly international against Spain in Madrid.
Now there are suggestions that teams could be allowed to walk off in future if the taunts become unbearable, and Eriksson is largely in support.
Speaking at a press conference at the headquarters of England sponsors Nationwide in Swindon, he said:
"I never considered it during the game in Spain. But if that is a possibility in future I should like that. But there must be clear rules when you can do it and what happens if you do go off.
"Just say you are winning 1-0 and there was some chanting and you decided to go off the pitch, what happens? Who gets the points?
"I don’t know but FIFA and UEFA can make strong rules now because of what happened in Spain."
Eriksson has urged football’s governing bodies to seize the moment and take action.
He said: "What happened when we played in Spain was very bad of course, but in a way it was good because it means now UEFA and FIFA have a golden chance to take care of it and do something very strong against it.
"It’s never good that things like that happen but I think something will happen now."
Eriksson admits racist abuse in the Bernabeu has become one of the hottest topics of conversation in England – and has overshadowed what was a disappointing English performance in a match we lost 1-0.
"I was not happy with the way we played, it was the worst game we played since I came to England," said Eriksson.
"We played badly and I am sorry about that. I am happy that it was a friendly and I don’t think we will play like that in a qualifying game. Spain were much better than we were, I am sorry to say it but that’s the truth.
"I talked to the players at half-time and full-time and said it happens sometimes that you play bad football. But if you can keep your head cool you can maybe change it and try to play better and rescue the situation.
"But if you have some players losing their head then you are completely out. I hope we can learn that for the future."
You can watch BBC's coverage of Sven's press conference here.