Watford captain Troy Deeney has called for a "one-strike" policy to tackle racist abuse in place of UEFA's three-step protocol and claims he still regularly receives abuse online.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Deeney said the UEFA protocol is not a good way to deal with the problem and could teach people that it was a normal way to behave.

"We're teaching kids now that you're getting three strikes and you're out," he said.

"Is that a good way of tackling the problem? Are we going to say now that it's OK to do it three times?

"I'm very aware there are a lot of kids who watch what we do, and if we don't change that they're going to expect it to be normal."

The Hornets' skipper was one of a number of players to be racially abused via social media after Watford's FA Cup semi-final victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers last season and he spoke about the abuse he regularly receives via social media, which he said has led to him trying to make a stand.

"There will be at least six to 10 comments I have to take down," Deeney said about racist comments he receives online.

"It's more on pictures of your kids, pictures of your partner. People are putting 'you black such and such', 'you monkey emoji', this, that and the other, or bananas and stuff like that.

"It's very difficult to ignore it.

"It's at that point when you go: 'What am I going to do? Am I going to stand and argue or am I going to make a stand?'

The Watford captain is part of the club's new 'We' campaign aimed at tackling discriminatory behaviour in conjunction with Hertfordshire Police and said he wants that campaign to show a proactive approach to dealing with racism.

“We want to turn it into reporting it, into linking up with Herts police hate crime unit to finish it off and show people our results at the end of it.” he said at the launch of the campaign.

"The fact that you see it on a regular basis and that we feel we need to do a campaign says enough in itself doesn’t it?”