Mido’s comments come amid renewed pressure on football governing bodies to tackle the issue of racism in the sport after a number of high profile incidents.
“I still think that a player should never leave the pitch if racist chants happen,” Mido, 36, told CNN Sport, when asked what he deemed to be the correct course of action for player to take.
“Score goals, try to stop them by playing well and win.”
‘You need punishment’
The striker, who made 94 appearances in the English Premier League, revealed he experienced racism “many times” during his playing career at Middlesbrough, England, and believes nothing much has changed since he left the club 10 years ago.
He also called upon the Football Association (FA), English football’s governing body, to hold clubs responsible for the behavior of their fans.
“I don’t think the FA is doing enough to stop racism,” said Mido. “I know a lot of campaigns are coming out but campaigns are not enough, you need punishment.
“If someone goes to the stadium and starts racist chants then the club needs to be punished as well. If the club is punished, then believe me, it would stop.”
Mido says he’s been inspired by the character shown by England and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.
The 24-year-old Sterling has spoken out on the racism both he and his fellow teammates have experienced and has become an unofficial spokesperson in the fight.
“I’m really proud of Sterling. To see someone stand up for the cause and take responsibility. It’s something that we want to see players doing,” he said.
“He’s been brilliant, the way he has developed as a character has been brilliant through the the years. It’s amazing to see a guy like him taking responsibility.”
In his own article as part of the launch of the action plan, Sterling wrote: “I don’t want the next generation to suffer like me.”
“In 2018 The FA launched its equality, diversity and inclusion plan, ‘In Pursuit of Progress’ where we set out clear targets, as the manifesto requests, for BAME coaches, employees and leaders,’ said English football’s governing body.
“We have set ourselves the target to reach 16% BAME employees by 2021 [from 13%t] and 11% in leadership positions [from 5%].”