Danny Rose has said that the racism he has encountered within football has meant he ‘can’t wait’ to retire from the game, as per the Independent.
The latest incident came during England’s 5-1 win against Montenegro last month and Rose said that he has grown so frustrated with the lack of punishments handed down that he feels nothing will change any time soon.
He said: “I’ve had enough. 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.’ I just want to get out of it.
“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? Until there’s a harsh punishment there’s not must else we can expect.”
And the issue united fans on Twitter, many of whom expressed their clear support for Rose’s point and regret that a player should have to experience such prejudice and racism at all – let alone to the extent that it has left them counting down the years until their retirement.
That common sense is well-needed because there were many other responses of ignorance and dismissal, saying that Rose should be able to put up with whatever is thrown at them because he’s paid so much money or that if the abuse was that bad, he’d have retired already.
Rose is right, there’s a huge long way to go in the fight against racism, but we’ve put together some of the messages of support…
Danny Rose has been talking about racism for years since he was abused 7 years ago in Serbia. He is spot on about the football authorities
— Coatesy76 (@DavidCo92439453) April 5, 2019
Punishments for fan racism though are now parallel to going down a ladder in Snakes and Ladders. Meaningless.
— Joe F (@joffe_22) April 5, 2019
I've been saying this for ages. Action speaks louder than words. Just ignoring and playing on causes stress in individuals. Imagine what the knobhead abuser would say when his peers turn on them as their team as walked off? Full support from club, FA and real fans needed!
— Marc Brown (@marcbrown24) April 5, 2019
Until there are more BAME in the higher echelons of the FA/UEFA/FIFA I doubt much will change quickly :(
— James Murphy (@JamesMurphy513) April 5, 2019
I completely agree. Well said ??
— William Hart (@William10584895) April 5, 2019
Some of the replies on here you can see why he wants to get out and how broken society is. Truly shocking comments to a human being. Forget who he plays for and how much he earns. We can't imagine how he and other black players feel. Well done Danny.
— George (@GEORGIE_35) April 5, 2019
That's really sad
— Danny Rosamond (@DannyRosamond) April 5, 2019
Some are these responses are exactly the problem. Regardless of job/earnings, why is it acceptable to be racially abused. Should he not speak up because he earns well? Ridiculous
— Luke Harvey (@thelukeharvey) April 5, 2019
Fair play to him for making the stand. The @game
— 420three (@420three) April 5, 2019