England and Tottenham defender Danny Rose distressingly admits he 'cannot wait' to retire due to racism in football
Racism has driven Danny Rose to ‘look forward’ to retiring after a worrying re-emerging trend in recent weeks.
The Tottenham and England left-back was one of three Three Lions players abused in England’s 5-1 win in Montenegro, alongside Callum Hudson-Odoi and Raheem Sterling.
The latter has unwillingly become a spearhead for the fight against racism, only this week criticising Leonardo Bonucci’s insinuation that Moise Kean provoked fans to be racist.
But, dishearteningly, 28-year-old Rose has been left disenchanted with the governing bodies’ approach to countering racism.
The former Leeds man said: "When countries get fined what I probably spend on a night out in London what do you expect?"
"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 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."
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UEFA have charged Montenegro with a series of offences, including racist chanting.
That could see them punished with a partial stadium closure at the very least, while they could be fined €50,000 for a second offence.
That case will be heard on May 16, while UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has indicated referees should stop the match if supporters chant racist abuse.
But Rose said although events in Montenegro were unsettling, he preferred to pick up the win and leave.
He added: "Gareth Southgate was a bit upset after the game because it was the first time he'd been involved in something like that. He didn't know what the right course of action was.
"He said he was fully behind me if I wanted to walk off. I appreciate that, but I just wanted to get the three points and get out of there as quickly as possible.
"Obviously it is sad that I had to prepare for that, but when countries only get fined what I probably spend on a night out in London then what do you expect?
"You see my manager [at Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino] get banned for two games for just being confrontational against [referee] Mike Dean at Burnley - but a country can only get fined a little bit of money for being racist. It's a bit of a farce.
"So that's where we're at now in football. Until there's a harsh punishment, there's not much else we can expect."
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