Danny Rose Says He's Now 'Numb' To Racist Abuse

Danny Rose has admitted he has 'no faith' in the football authorities when it comes to tackling racism and that he's grown 'numb' to abuse.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender will be heading to Russia with the England national side for the World Cup but has told his family to stay at home over fears they will fall victim to racist abuse in the country.

Russia is often criticised for some of its more conservative social values and sadly racism makes up a certain section of that.

Their football federation - the Russian Football Union - was recently fined £22,000 after supporters chanted racist songs in a friendly against France.

Rose told the Evening Standard: "If I'm racially abused out there, nothing is going to change."

"It shouldn't be like that, but it is."

Rose on England duty. Image: PA
Rose on England duty. Image: PA

During an England Under-21s encounter with Serbia back in 2012, the full-back said he was racially abused and had stones throw at him from members of the crowd.

England held a team meeting to discuss what they would do if such racist chants and abuse took place in Russia at the World Cup.

Rose told the Standard: "I said: 'What are we trying to do here? Are we trying to play football or are we trying to change the world?' Whatever we do here isn't going to change what is happening all around the world."

"I'm just numb to it now."

The 27-year-old then went on to explain why he's decided to leave his family at home for the tournament.

He said: "I've told my family I don't want them going out there because of racism and anything else that may happen."

"My dad's really upset. I could hear it in his voice. He said he may never get a chance again to come and watch me in a World Cup.

We hope to see racism stamped out the game once and for all and hope that this summer's World Cup is not laced with such trouble.

Jacque Talbot

Jacque Talbot is a journalist and sports writer at SPORTbible. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a BA in English and Film. He is a football, snooker, and basketball enthusiast and has been published in the Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Set Pieces, Planet Football and the Morning Star. He’s the greatest thing to come out of Essex since Nick Frost.

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