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Spurs & England defender Danny Rose “can’t wait” to retire due to racism in football

By CJ Smith

Published: 15:02, 5 April 2019

Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose has admitted he ‘just can’t wait to see the back of football’ due to racism within the game and how it is dealt with by authorities.

Along with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Rose was subjected to vile racist abuse during England’s 5-1 win over Montenegro last month.

England players racially abused in Montenegro: Five key things to know…

  1. Rose played the full 90 minutes of England’s 5-1 win in Montenegro last month.
  2. However, he and Callum Hudson-Odoi were subject to vile racist abuse from the home crowd.
  3. Raheem Sterling cupped his ears to the crowd in protest when celebrating a goal.
  4. Rose has now admitted he ‘can’t wait to see the back of football’.
  5. The Spurs defender believes the financial punishments handed out for racism are a ‘farce’.

In 2012 while appearing for England u21s in Serbia, Rose described being hit by stones and subjected to monkey chants throughout the Euro 2013 qualifier. Rose was 22 at the time and, after having himself been sent off after the final whistle for kicking a ball away in reaction to the abuse, called for Serbia to be banned. Instead, European football’s governing body fined Serbia’s FA £65,900 and ordered them to play their next u21s fixture behind closed doors, a decision met with strong criticism.

Uefa have charged Montenegro for the events of last week, but speaking after Spurs‘ 2-0 over Crystal Palace at the brand-new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday, Rose revealed just how little faith he has that any meaningful punishment will be given to those responsible for racist abuse.

“I have had enough,” the 28-year-old said. “At the minute, how I’ve programmed myself now, I just think that I’ve got five or six more years left in football and I just can’t wait to see the back of it, seeing how things are done in the game at the minute.

“It’s just ‘whatever’ isn’t it, so you just have to get on with it. That’s how I feel. I feel I’ve got five or six more years left and I just want to enjoy football as much as I can.

“There’s so many politics and whatever in football and I just can’t wait to see the back of it, to be honest.

“Obviously it’s sad but when countries only get fined what I probably spend on a night out in London then what do you expect? When the punishment’s not as harsh…”

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Rose then pointed to the punishment Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino received for confronting referee Mike Dean against Burnley – which led to a two-game ban – and questioned why someone can be handed this kind of punishment for a simple confrontation, yet racism charges in football often still only carry relatively minor financial deterrents.

“You see my manager [Mauricio Pochettino] get banned for two games for just being confrontational against (referee) Mike Dean at Burnley,” he added.

“But yet a country can only get fined a little bit of money for being racist. It’s just a bit of a farce at the minute.

“That’s where we’re at now in football and until there’s a harsh punishment there’s not much else we can expect I don’t think.”

“I was already prepared for racist abuse”

Hudson-Odoi and Raheem Sterling spoke publicly about the incident in Montenegro after the game. Rose says he had decided not to comment until now out of a desire to avoid detracting from England’s success in terms of results during the international break, having come from behind to beat the Czech Republic 5-1.

The Spurs left-back added that he had already prepared himself for what was to come prior to their win in Montenegro: “I’d sort of prepared myself anyway for what happened so I was fine. I prepared myself for it.

“We won and we’ll just wait for whatever punishment if any punishment happens, and just wait and see what happens. I wasn’t upset. I just didn’t want the focus to be on me.

“I have to say it was a very small minority out of the fans that were doing the chants so I didn’t want the post-match to be about me.

“I wanted everybody to focus on the good week that we had with England. We scored 10 goals and it was a great performance over two games. I just didn’t want to speak to put any focus on me, that was all.

“I played in Serbia about eight years ago and it happened there so I sort of thought it was a possibility it may happen again, and it did. I looked up straight away in the first half and I know the exact time it happened in the first half.”