Danny Rose’s comments a ‘shocking indictment’ about how racism is handled in football, say Professional Footballers’ Association
Danny Rose’s claim he can’t wait to retire from football is a ‘shocking indictment’ of how racism is being handled in football, says the Professional Footballers’ Association.
Tottenham and England defender Rose said he has ‘had enough’ following the abuse he received on England duty for their match in Montenegro, branding the way racism is dealt with by authorities as a “farce”.
The 28-year-old, who advised his family not to travel to the World Cup in Russia last summer due to racism fears, suggested he spends more money on a night out in London than offending countries get fined by UEFA.
The players’ union checked in with Rose on Friday to offer its support and has demanded stronger action be taken.
It said in a statement: “We have spoken to Danny directly, both after the Montenegro game and again today, to ensure he is aware that we are on his side and here to support him as a union and as fellow professionals.
“To see a senior England international so disheartened with his profession is a shocking indictment of the current experience of many players worldwide.
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“The strongest possible sanctions must now be imposed on any team whose fans engage in racist behaviour from the stands.
“Fines are not proving effective, and therefore more strident punishments must be given – stadium bans and sporting sanctions are the minimum punishments required.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is keen for Rose to show the best way to combat the problem is by continuing as an “extraordinary” player.
Guardiola and Rose will come head-to-head next week when City visit Tottenham in the Champions League quarter-final and the Spaniard is keen for a chat with the left-back.
“Danny Rose has not to do that (retire),” Guardiola said.
“Next Tuesday, if I see him, I will tell him the best way to fight, to combat this kind of terrible situation, is fighting, being there every day.
“And, of course, because he’s an extraordinary player.”
Roy Hodgson gave Rose his first England cap in 2016 and is disturbed that a player still so young is wishing his career away.
The Crystal Palace manager said: “It is very disturbing that a player of that quality and the age he is as well, he is still relatively young and has a lot of football left in him, makes that decision that the racism side of the game is getting so bad and on top of him that he is even considering leaving it all behind earlier than he should.”
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UEFA is investigating the abuse received by Rose and Hudson-Odoi and is set to make a ruling next month.
Given the high-profile nature of the incident and the players involved, the pressure will be on Europe’s governing body to hand down a harsh punishment if Montenegro are found guilty.
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