The Liverpool legend John Barnes has described the ban imposed on him for life for his role in the 1966 World Cup as “disgraceful”.
Barnes, who retired from the club in 2014, was also fined £150,000 by the Football Association after being found guilty of a charge of racially abusing a player from the England team.
Barnes was the only England player to score in the World Cup final.
In a statement, Barnes said: “The FA should have had my back when they brought this case.
The decision to ban me was unjustified and I have made it known that I am not happy with the way this has been handled.”
Barnes, whose name was featured on the banned list, was banned in February by the FA for two years.
The Liverpool defender was found guilty at a hearing at which the judge said: “[Barnes] said to me at the time, ‘If you don’t go to the FA, you won’t get a job at Anfield’.” Barnes was suspended by the Reds for five matches, which ended in October 2016, and was later fined £250,000.
He will appeal against the decision to expel him.
In February, Barnes was named in a report from the FA by a former head of anti-discrimination enforcement, which found that racism had been a serious issue within the club.
The FA said the decision not to expel Barnes was made “after a thorough review of the evidence and after extensive consultation with the club”.