SUNDERLAND chief executive Margaret Byrne admits the club has been left “shocked” by the racist abuse received by Black Cats left-back Danny Rose.
On-loan Spurs defender Rose was subjected to foul abuse from the terraces in Serbia last night after England under-21s secured a 1-0 win which sealed their spot in next summer’s European Championships.
Rose was controversially sent off for a second yellow card after the match finished, reportedly for reacting angrily to the reaction from the stands, as missiles were thrown onto the pitch and players from both sides became involved in scuffles.
The FA has already made an official complaint with UEFA and Sunderland have backed that action.
Byrne said: “As a club we strongly believe that the power of football should be used to promote inclusion and celebrate diversity and there is no place for any form of racism within the game of football and society as a whole.
“The scenes in Serbia last night shocked everyone and Sunderland Football Club wholeheartedly backs the Football Association’s stance on the matter.”