Harry Kane Will Walk England Team Off Pitch If Players Face More Racist Abuse
England captain Harry Kane says he will lead his team off the pitch if players are subjected to any more racist abuse on international duty.
Monday night's clash against Montenegro was marred by racism to the Three Lions' players.
Loud monkey chants were directed at Danny Rose, while Raheem Sterling and Calum Hudson Odoi were also allegedly subject to abuse during the European Championship clash.
England manager Gareth Southgate called out Montenegro fans for hurling racist remarks towards the visitors and now Kane has spoken out about the incident:
"It's terrible, its unacceptable, and I thought our players handled it so well and were so professional and focussed on their job and doing what they do best," Kane said after receiving he MBE.
"Now it's up to the people in charge to make sure the right action is taken because it's not acceptable in football or any part of life."
Kane was then asked if he and his team would walk off the pitch if such racism was present again:
"I'm supportive of my team mates and if it happened again and they weren't happy and wanted to talk about it or take a breather I would fully back them," the Tottenham Hotspur striker said.
"We are a team, a unit and we stick behind all of our players.
"Hopefully it will never happen again but if it did, I would take their lead on that and whatever they wanted we would support them in that."
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Southgate said he heard abuse directed towards defender Danny Rose following the game:
"I definitely heard abuse at Danny Rose when he got booked at the end of the game. We'll make sure that's reported officially. It's not acceptable."
Raheem Sterling was pictured cupping his hands towards the vocal audience after England scored a goal.
He followed the move up with a tweet, which said: "Best way to silence the haters (and yeah I mean racists).
"It's now time for the people that are in charge to put a real stamp on it because you can fine someone but what's that going to do?"- Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 25, 2019
Raheem Sterling calls for stadium bans after racist abuse: https://t.co/l6jm73WJAD pic.twitter.com/zDB8szlE4a
Asked whether Sterling also heard abuse, Southgate was unclear, saying: "I'm not sure yet. I had a quick chat with Danny because I heard what happened there. I've not had chance to speak with Raheem yet.
"Whatever happens we'll report it."
England player Callum Hudson-Odoi told BeIN Sports that he specifically heard monkey chants coming from the fans.