Tottenham and England defender Danny Rose has said: “I’ve had enough".
Tottenham’s Danny Rose says he is already thinking about retiring from football because of the constant racist attacks he is subjected to from the stands.
Rose and his national team mates Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi were recently the victims of racial abuse during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier at Montenegro. This incident has once again brought the issue to the fore in Britain, with Rose’s statements making the main sports pages of all the leading British newspapers this Friday morning.
“I’ve had enough,” declared the 29-year-old, before admitting that he is already looking forward to retirement because of the issue of racist abuse.
"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," he told a group of English journalists.
"Seeing how things are done in the game at the minute, you just have to get on with it. There is so much politics in football. I can't wait to see the back of it."
The Tottenham defender, who was reportedly subjected to monkey chants while playing for England Under-21s against Serbia back in 2012, also criticized the footballing governing bodies, suggesting that the relatively small fines handed to national associations do not incentivize them to properly deal with the issue.
“When countries get fined what I probably spend on a night out in London what do you expect?" Rose said.
Moises Kean abuse
Rose’s statements have come just days after the latest racial controversy in Italy, where 19-year-old Juventus striker Moises Kean was verbally attacked during a game at Cagliari on Tuesday – an action which has been strongly condemned by several figures across European football.
Kean’s team mate and Juventus captain Leonardo Bonucci also came in for harsh criticism for suggesting that Kean was partly to blame because of a gesture he had made to the crowd while he celebrated scoring Juve’s second goal to seal a 2-0 victory.
"Kean knows that, when you score, it's enough to celebrate with the squad. He could have behaved differently," he said. "There was racist booing, Matuidi got angry. It's a 50-50 - Moise was wrong, and the stand was wrong. We have to be an example."
Rose’s England team mate Raheem Sterling was one of many to voice a response to Bonucci’s comments, posting on Instagram: “The blame is 50-50 @bonuccileo19[?]" it read. "All you can do now is laugh.”
Following the backlash, the Italian defender took to Instagram to explain his comments, saying his "words have been clearly misunderstood" and that he firmly “condemn[s] all forms of racism and discrimination.”