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Rose on racism: I can't wait to see the back of football

RACISM IN FOOTBALL: Danny Rose says he can't wait to see the back of football because of racist abuse and how it's dealt with

DANNY ROSE has said he “can’t wait to see the back of football” because of racism.

The Tottenham defender has been subjected to racist abuse throughout his career. Most recently, he was targeted by opposition fans making monkey chants during England’s Euro 2020 qualifying match against Montenegro.

Uefa has charged Montenegro with racist behaviour in relation to the incident but Rose is sceptical about the extent of the punishment.

The charge carries a minimum punishment of a partial stadium closure. Teams found guilty of a second racism charge face playing one match behind closed doors and a €50,000 (£42,000) fine.

"When countries get fined what I probably spend on a night out in London what do you expect?” BBC Sport reported he said.

Rose is not making plans to leave the sport prematurely but said that he has a few years left and is looking forward to the end of his playing career.

"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 BBC Sport.

He added: "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 28-year-old has received support for his comments, which further highlight the impact of football’s racism problem on black players.

Broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake said: “Imagine dreaming as a child of being a professional footballer and then achieving that almost impossible dream, and then because of racism you can't wait to stop playing football. How depressing is that?”

Henry Winter, chief football writer at The Times said Rose’s comments were a “sad, shocking indictment of football's failure to tackle racism”.

Last year Rose revealed that he had told his family not to travel to Russia to watch him play in the 2018 World Cup, his first time at the tournament, because of the threat of racism.

“I’ve told my family I don’t want them going out there because of racism and anything else that may ­happen. I don’t want to be worrying when I’m trying to prepare for games for my family’s safety. If anything ­happens to me, it wouldn’t affect me like it would if my family had been abused. I’m fine with whatever may or may not happen, and I like to think I’ll be able to deal with it in the right way,” Rose told the Evening Standard.

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