John Barnes has said the racial abuse suffered by footballers is "nothing like" what the average black person goes through each day.
Speaking to talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer after England players received racist abuse during their match against Montenegro, the former England footballer said: "The footballers who every now and again go to Montenegro or get racial abuse, that's nothing like what the average black person has to go through.
"People go into the workplace every day and there are invisible banana skins thrown at them, and there's unspoken racial abuse."
There have been calls to issue bans on fans partaking in the chanting and close stadiums, but Mr Barnes said this would not solve the issue of racism during football matches.
"What we're doing is tackling the symptom of racism," he said.
"We have to look at the cause of it, and the cause is much more complex then saying let's close stadiums and ban people."