Southgate to report ‘racist abuse’ of Danny Rose in England win in Montenegro

Southgate to report ‘racist abuse’ of Danny Rose in England win in Montenegro
Danny Rose was making his 26th appearance for England

England boss Gareth Southgate said he would report Montenegro to Uefa after a number of his players said they were racially abused by home fans.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Raheem Sterling both said they had been the victims of racist chants during the match in Podgorica, which England won 5-1.

“I definitely heard abuse of Danny Rose when he got booked at the end – it’s not acceptable,” said Southgate.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that happened and we’ll report it to Uefa.”

Eighteen-year-old Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi, who was making his first international start, told BeIn Sports: “I don’t think discrimination should be anywhere – we are equal.

“When you are hearing stuff like that from the fans, it is not right and it is unacceptable. Hopefully Uefa deal with it properly. When me and Rosey went over there, they were saying, ‘ooh aa aa’ monkey stuff and we just have to keep our heads and keep a strong mentality.

“Hopefully Rosey is OK too. We will discuss it and have a chat. He has a strong mentality and is a strong guy so hopefully everything will be good. Hopefully Uefa deal with it.

“It is not right at all – I was enjoying the game too. We just have to take the win and go back home.”

Raheem Sterling tweeted that his goal celebration was a direct response to racist chanting from the crowd

Sterling called on football’s authorities to take “a proper stance” and crack down on racist abuse.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s 2019 now. It’s a shame to see this keep going on.

“We can only bring awareness and light to the situation. It’s time for the people in charge to put a real stamp on it. You can fine them but what’s that going to do? You’ve got to do something that’s going to make them think twice.

“In England we have a diverse country and lots of different faces. I can only do so much; the FA can only do so much. The people in charge need to make a proper stance.”

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