Danny Rose: Tottenham star’s startling retirement comments are ‘bordering on tragic,’ Ally McCoist says
Ally McCoist was left heartbroken by the recent comments from Tottenham defender Danny Rose, that he ‘can’t wait to get out’ of football due to the game’s failure to tackle racism.
In an honest and open interview, England left-back Rose admitted he has ‘had enough’ of football.
The 28-year-old has been victim of abuse throughout his career, and was most recently the target of racist chanting during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier at Montenegro.
UEFA has charged Montenegro with racist behaviour, but Rose does not expect a significant punishment and has criticised governing bodies for not doing enough to combat racism in the game.
In comments published in several newspapers on Friday, Rose said: “When countries only get fined what I probably spend on a night out in London then what do you expect?
“You see my manager [at Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino] get banned for two games for just being confrontational against [referee] Mike Dean at Burnley – but a country can only get fined a little bit of money for being racist. It’s a bit of a farce.
“So that’s where we’re at now in football. Until there’s a harsh punishment, there’s not much else we can expect.
“How I programme myself is that I think I’ve got five or six more years left in football, and I just can’t wait to see the back of it.”
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Rose’s comments come following series of high-profile cases of racial abuse of the football pitch this season.
England stars Rose, Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi were all targets of racist chanting in Montenegro, while this week 19-year-old Juventus forward Moise Kean suffered abuse from Cagliari fans.
But the incidents have not only happened on foreign soil – with Sterling allegedly being racially abused by a group of Chelsea fans in December, while a banana was thrown in the direction of Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during their north London derby victory over Tottenham in the same month.
In February, there was also video footage of a West Ham fan calling Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah a ‘Muslim c***’ during a match at the London Stadium.
And talkSPORT host McCoist has backed Rose, saying ‘it’s not right’ a player in his prime should be made to consider ending his career early.
Speaking on Friday’s Sports Breakfast, the former Scotland striker said: “How sad is that?
“A man in the prime of his footballing career and already he’s looking forward to the day it’s over.
“I find that bordering on tragic.
“He should be flying high, enjoying every game and every training session.
“I was a little bit ‘hmm’ with his statement regarding he spends more on a night out in London than the fines, I don’t think that was the cleverest thing to say.
“But, that said, I think he is absolutely spot on. It’s horrendous [agreeing with Rose’s comments about fines being disproportionate]
“I saw him on Wednesday night at the opening of Tottenham new stadium and I was really impressed. I really, really like him as a player and he would certainly be in my starling XI for England.
“I just find it so sad that someone who should be enjoying themselves at the prime of his football career and life has said he can’t wait for it to end.
“It’s just not right.”
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