Danny Rose has made the startling revelation that he cannot wait to “get out” of football and believes there is no chance of eradicating racism while offenders are fined less than what he claims to be able to spend on a night out.
Tottenham Hotspur left-back Rose has broken his silence on the racist abuse he suffered in England’s Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Montenegro, which he had expected after a similar incident seven years earlier.
Rose was also racially abused in neighbouring Serbia while playing for England’s Under-21s in 2012 and was dismayed by the resulting £65,000 fan from Uefa, who also ordered the Serbs to play one game behind closed doors.
Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro, but Rose said: “When countries only get fined what I’d probably spend on a night out in London, what do you expect? When the punishment is not as harsh, what do you expect?
“You see my Tottenham manager (Mauricio Pochettino) get banned for two games for just being confrontational against [referee] Mike Dean at Burnley. 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. So that’s where we are at in football and until there’s a harsh punishment there’s not must else we can expect.”
Now aged 28, Rose does not expect to play past his 34th birthday and has admitted the way football is run has left him looking forward to his retirement.
“I’ve had enough,” said Rose. “At the minute, how I programme myself, I just think, ‘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. I just want to get out of 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 is so much politics and whatever in football, and I just can’t wait to see the back of it, to be honest.”
Raheem Sterling and teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi both publically condemned the racist chanting in Podgorica minutes after the final whistle, but Rose chose to speak to England manager Gareth Southgate and keep his thoughts private until now.
“I sort of prepared myself for what happened,” said Rose. “We won and now we just wait for whatever punishment if any punishment happens.
“I wasn’t upset. I just didn’t want the focus to be on me and about a small – I have to say it was only a small – minority of the fans doing the chanting. I didn’t want the post-match to be about me. I just wanted everybody to focus on a great week we’d had with England. We scored 10 goals and it was a great performance over two games. I just didn’t want to speak and put any focus on me, that’s all.
“I played in Serbia about eight years ago and it happened there. So I sort of thought it would be a possibility that it might happen again (in Montenegro) and it did. So yes, it happened. I looked up straight away in the first half and I know the exact time it happened in the first half.
“But it didn’t affect my game. I’m a big boy now and I know that three points are obviously not the most important thing when you’re going through something like that, but I just wanted the team to get three points so that we could move on and get out of Montenegro as quickly as possible.”
Tottenham manager Pochettino sent Rose a message of support straight after the Montenegro game and last week insisted he would take his players off the pitch in the face of any racist abuse, no matter of the circumstances.
Rose revealed that Southgate has told him he would back any desire by the England players to walk off in future, saying: “I spoke to Gareth after the game and he hadn’t been aware (of the racism). I didn’t mention it at half-time, so he wasn’t aware of what was happening until he heard it right at the end.
“The manager was a bit upset to be fair because he told us it was the first time he’d been involved with something like that and he said he didn’t know what the right course of action was. He said he was fully behind me if we wanted to walk off. I just wanted to get the three points and get out of there as quickly as possible.”
Despite his dismay at the way the football authorities are dealing with racism and his eagerness to quit the sport, Rose is pleased to have finally moved into Tottenham’s new £1 billion stadium after growing tired of playing at Wembley.
Following the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace, Rose said: “It was a bit flat towards the end, playing at Wembley. You can’t hold anything against the fans for that. It was a lot of traveling and it’s not home. So on behalf of the players and the staff, I’d like to thank the fans for the year-and-a-half that they’ve made that journey. They’ve been great and in that first game (at the new stadium) they really made it feel like home.
“It was a bit surreal at the beginning when we were doing the warm-up. There was a moment when the crowd were singing Dele’s name and we were saying after the game how loud it was. It was just an amazing night.”
Chris Hughton, whose Brighton side face Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final, has spoken out in favour of racially abused players walking off the pitch.
“It has to come up,” Hughton said. “Ultimately the responsibility is down to the authorities. If the authorities are not going to come down on stricter penalties, whether that’s teams playing behind closed doors, whether that’s increasing some of the very minimal fines that we’ve seen – I mean really severe fines.
“If they’re not, then it has to be taken out of their hands. What you might possibly see, because it’s something that is recurring time and time again, is that players themselves might have a bigger say and a bigger voice.
“I was disgusted by the reaction of the crowd towards an individual [Juve’s Moise Kean]. Am I surprised? We’ve probably got to the stage now where there aren’t too many surprises in the game.
“With the coverage we have now of all the games throughout Europe, we have seen it more. It’s disgusting. There is absolutely no doubt that there have to be stricter penalties because this is so clear, so obvious for everybody to see.
“It can only be about the penalties for the perpetrators, the individuals, the clubs.”
Hughton also expressed admiration for Raheem Sterling, who supported Kean and challenged the reaction of Juve’s Leonardo Bonucci, who initially said the blame was equally shared. Hughton said: “He took a stance a little while ago [at Stamford Bridge] that I think generally was respected by a lot of people. That came in line also with the respect that everybody has had with him in his career and how he’s developed his career.
“For him, the two have come hand in hand. When he came out and made the statement after the incident [in Italy], any admiration that I have for him has certainly increased.”
- Danny Rose 'can't wait' for football career to finish due to governing bodies handling of racism
- 'Football should be ashamed Danny Rose "can't wait" for his career to be over'
- Danny Rose ready to QUIT football as Moise Kean incident deepens racism scandal
- Former Sunderland defender Danny Rose is so sick of racism in football he can't wait to retire
- England's Danny Rose Won't Let Family Travel To Russia Over Racism Fears
- England defender Danny Rose speaks openly about battle with depression
- PFA calls for tougher action on racism after Danny Rose comments
- 'I can't wait to see the back of it': Danny Rose has 'had enough' of how football authorities deal with racism
- Danny Rose sick of racism in football: ‘I can’t wait to get out of the game’