Danny Rose has revealed the shocking extent of the racist abuse he's witnessed in football by saying that he's so fed up with the sport that he's looking forward to retirement.
In recent weeks the amount of work that still needs to be done to get near to seeing racism in football become a thing of the past has been evident by the number of high profile incidents.
England players were subjected to abuse throughout their Euro 2020 qualifier with Montenegro last week and this week Juventus' Moise Kean received similar abuse by Cagliari fans during the Serie A game between the two sides.
Raheem Sterling has been the player in England to speak out most about the abuse he's been on the end of, even going as far as to point out the racist themes in some areas of the media when reporting on him.
Now in a far reaching interview Spurs and England defender Danny Rose has explained how much he's fed up of it and claimed he's looking forward to retirement, with the 28 year saying:
"I've had enough. At the minute, the way that 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, it's just, 'Whatever!', isn't it?
"I just want to get out of it."
Rose sporting a 'Kick it Out' campaign t-shirt but clearly more needs to be done. Image: PA Images
Looking back on his own thoughts Rose can see that it shows how bad things are in football adding, "That's how I feel. I feel I've for 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."
Whilst fans, clubs and football associations have often been punished for racist abuse from the stands there has often been criticism of the severity of the punishments, with fines or closed areas of the stands.
Sterling responds to racist abuse from Montenegro fans. Image: PA Images
Speaking after England players were abused in Montenegro last month Kick it Out said, "As we've argued countless times, it's time for Uefa to take strong, decisive action - fines won't do.
"Extended stadium bans or tournament expulsion are what's needed."
It's very sad that football has made Rose feel this way and shines a light on how bad the problems still are and that they need to be dealt with.
Hopefully someone is listening and change can be made, before more footballers start wondering if it's worth it.