Wednesday, 17 October, 2012
England Under-21s defender reveals the abuse that was aimed at him in Serbia
Danny Rose has revealed that he was subjected to racial abuse from as early as the warm-up ahead of England Under-21s’ Euro 2013 play-off in Serbia on Tuesday.
Stuart Pearce’s Young Lions snatched a late victory in Krusevac to seal a 2-0 aggregate win over the Serbians, booking their place at next summer’s Finals in Israel.
Connor Wickham’s winner with the last kick of the game sparked horrible scenes that saw Serbian captain Slobodan Medojevic shown a red card and a mass brawl as England’s players and staff tried to retreat to the tunnel.
But Rose admitted that the abuse from the fans was going on much earlier.
The Sunderland left-back, currently on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, was also given a second yellow card during the fracas after the final whistle for kicking the ball away in frustration of what he was enduring on the pitch.
As Rose headed for the tunnel, a Serbian player ran 20 yards across to him in confrontation. As the England man ignored his opponent, abuse rained down at him from the crowd.
"As I went off again there was monkey chanting, but the monkey chanting started long before I got sent off.
Rose added: "It started when we went out for the warm-up.
"They started the monkey chanting straight away. I asked the lads if they could hear it and they said they could hear it.
"In the first half I went down to get the ball for a throw-in and the fans started again with the monkey chants, but the first half was nowhere near as bad as the second half.
"In the second half I had two stones hit me on the head when I went to get the ball for a throw-in. Every time I touched the ball there was monkey chanting again.”
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Rose was also concerned that the abuse was affecting his concentration and was worried it would cost his team the match.
"After 60 minutes my mind wasn't really on the game after that. I was just so angry and it was just so hard to concentrate.
"I could have cost the lads the game because I made a few mistakes through not concentrating.
"Then obviously we scored. After 90 minutes' worth of abuse I just expressed my emotions as soon as we scored.
"Then the next thing I know all the Serbia players have run over and were all surrounding me, pushing me and a brawl broke out."
In a statement following the game, The FA said they condemn both the scenes of racism and the confrontation at the final whistle, during which time England players and staff were under extreme provocation.
The FA has reported a number of incidents of racism to UEFA following the fixture. These were seemingly aimed at a number of England's black players by the crowd. The matter is now with UEFA.