England left-back Danny Rose has admitted that he has sadly asked his family not to travel to Russia to watch him represent the Three Lions in this summer’s World Cup for the fear of racial abuse.
The 27-year-old Spurs defender is sceptical that any action will be taken against those who carry out acts of racism at football’s most prestigious tournament which kicks off in just over a week. In 2012 Rose was sent off for reacting to racial abuse during a England U21 game in Serbia, after which FIFA incredibly took no action against the Serbian FA.
There really is no other way to dress this up, it is an absolute disgrace that Rose has been forced into taking these steps to protect his family, and the fact that FIFA awarded the World Cup to a Country with as questionable a record for racial and sexual orientation discrimination as Russia shows what a greedy money driven organisation they really are.
“I’ve told my family I don’t want them going out there because of racism and anything else that may happen,” he told the London Evening Standard.
“I don’t want to be worrying, when I’m trying to prepare for games, for my family’s safety.
“If anything happens to me, it wouldn’t affect me like it would if my family had been abused.
“I’m fine with whatever may or may not happen, and I like to think I’ll be able to deal with it in the right way.
“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.
“That was emotional, hearing that. It’s really sad. It’s just how it is. Somehow Russia got the World Cup and we have to get on with it.”
“I have no faith in the justice system so I don’t let anything affect me,” he added.
“I didn’t get any support after Serbia. I never had a conversation with anybody outside of England.”