Sunderland’s Rose urges UEFA action against Serbia

RACE ROW ... Serbia clash with England after the final whistle.
RACE ROW ... Serbia clash with England after the final whistle.
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SUNDERLAND defender Danny Rose has called for Serbia to be banned from international competition after being subjected to sickening racist abuse last night.

Rose was taunted from the stands and hit by missiles thrown from the crowd throughout England Under-21s’ European Championship play-off victory in Serbia.

The on-loan Spurs left-back’s frustration boiled over after a late winner from Sunderland team-mate Connor Wickham and he was handed a second yellow card following the final whistle, seemingly for kicking a ball away.

Speaking to Sky Sports News today, Rose made clear the extent of the abuse he received and urged UEFA to take action against Serbia.

Rose said: “It started when we went out for the warm-up.

“I told Wrigs (Steve Wrigley, assistant manager) what was happening and he told me to try to get through it, that it would be dealt with after the game.

“The fans started with monkey chants every time I went near the touchline and in the second half two stones hit me in the head as I went to get the ball for a throw-in.

“After about 50 minutes, my mind wasn’t on the game. I was angry. It was so hard to concentrate that I made a few mistakes.

“When we scored, after 90 minutes worth of abuse, I obviously expressed my emotions. The next thing I knew, all the Serbian players surrounded me, started pushing me and then a brawl broke out.

“The referee then sent me off for kicking the ball but the game had finished by then. The monkey chants started long before I was sent off. It’s not right. (Serbia) have to be banned.”