England defender Danny Rose was the victim of racist abuse during the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 qualification win over Montenegro according to Gareth Southgate, who says an official report will be filed over the incident.
England hammered Montenegro 5-1, as the Three Lions rallied after a Marko Vesovic goal put the hosts up in the 17th minute.
Michael Keane leveled the proceedings soon after, before Ross Barkley added a brace to send England on their way. Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling completed the rout with goals in the final 20 minutes.
However, that victory has been marred by accusations of racism from the Montenegro crowd, with Rose allegedly subject to racist abuse while he received a yellow card in second-half stoppage time.
“I definitely heard abuse at Danny Rose when he got booked at the end of the game so there’s no doubt in my mind that that happened,” Southgate told ITV Football. “We’ll make sure that’s reported officially. It’s not acceptable.
Later, speaking at the post-match press conference, the Three Lions boss added: “I’m not the authority on the subject. I’m a middle-aged white guy talking about racism.
“I just want my players to enjoy their experiences. If I’ve not done enough, I’m sorry for that.”
In addition, a local journalist asked if Southgate would be leaving with a bad impression of Montenegro, and whether it would have been different if it had happened ‘in a country they liked, like USA’.
“I don’t leave with bad impressions,” he replied. “We have exactly the same problems in our own country.”
Callum Hudson-Odoi confirmed in a post-match interview Rose was subjected to monkey noises, while there was some question over whether Sterling was also abused, with the England forward taking to Twitter after the game with a message of defiance against “racists”.
Barkley also commented on the matter after the game, admitting he had not heard it on the field but was frustrated racial abuse continues to be a problem at football matches.
“I’ve only just heard about it,” Barkley said. “It’s not acceptable. It’s continuing to happen, you’d think that these sorts of things wouldn’t be happening any more.
“I’m sure it’ll get dealt with but it’s really disappointing when things like that happen.”