The Football Association has a "long way to go" to represent England as a country and a society, the Commons has heard.
MPs from all parties condemned the racist abuse aimed at the England team as they played Bulgaria in a Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia, with calls for sanctions to follow from Uefa.
But several MPs also raised concerns closer to home about racism and a lack of diversity within football, insisting that more still needs to be done in England.
Labour Redcar MP Anna Turley criticised the "vile and horrific abuse" in Bulgaria.
She said: "A lot of discussion has been taking place already about getting our own house in order."
She said the FA had a long way to go to represent England as a country and society.
Sports Minister Nigel Adams replied: "(Ms Turley) is absolutely correct, and can I just say it's not just the players that were victims of the abuse last night - there were FA support staff, cameramen who were of colour who were abused, visibly shaking, so it isn't just the players.
"The best role models, I think, for diversity in football are those magnificent players who took to the pitch last night."
Newcastle Central Labour MP Chi Onwurah questioned when action would take place following the latest incident in Bulgaria.
She said: "After the Montenegro match in April, I suggested we take Uefa to the European Court of Human Rights for repeated failure to provide a working environment free from racism and homophobia for football players. I was told we were going to have meetings. Now I'm told we're going to have letters.
"What will it take to get some action?"