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Speaking truth: Danny Rose can’t wait to quit football
Speaking truth: Danny Rose can’t wait to quit football

By Jonathan Veal

Danny Rose's admission that he "can't wait" for his football career to be over will be the start of players upping the ante in the fight against racism, according to Kick It Out's head of development Troy Townsend.

Rose made the startling revelation in the wake of the racist abuse he received alongside Callum Hudson-Odoi while playing for England in Montenegro last month, where they were subjected to monkey chants.

The 28-year-old, who advised his family not to travel to the World Cup in Russia last summer due to racism fears, described the current punishments as "a farce", suggesting he spends more money on a night out than offending countries get fined.

Townsend says as long as players feel they are being let down, they will get stronger in taking the matter into their own hands.

"The authorities, with all their resources and power, are failing them time and time again," Townsend said. "So players have little choice but to take matters into their own hands.

"This isn't the first time Danny Rose has opened up about racial abuse he's received.

"Danny has said he can't wait to see the back of football, citing his disillusionment with 'politics in the game'.

"Mark my words - there will be more and more players speaking out and taking increasingly bolder steps in protest. And the sport's image will suffer more."

Uefa are investigating the abuse received by Rose and Hudson-Odoi and are set to make a ruling next month.

Given the high-profile nature of the incident and the players involved, the pressure will be on the governing body to hand down a harsh punishment if Montenegro are found guilty.

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