Spurs boss throws his support behind Danny Rose and calls for action on racism
Andre Villas-Boas says Danny Rose has his full support following his ordeal in Serbia, and has called on football’s governing bodies to put their words about racism into action.
Tottenham defender Rose, who is currently on loan at Sunderland, reported that he was subjected to monkey chants before, during and after England Under-21s’ match in Serbia on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old says he was hit in the head by stones during the game, that he was unable to concentrate from the 60th minute onwards, and has called on Serbia to be banned from international football.
Villas-Boas says he is saddened by the latest instance of racism in football, and Spurs’ head coach believes it is no longer enough for the authorities to hide behind well-meaning words.
“Obviously it is extremely difficult for Danny and he was disappointed by what happened, the situation he had to live with and the atmosphere that he had to be confronted with,” said Villas-Boas.
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“I told Danny, and I tell you guys now, that I support him completely in this situation. He felt abused and this is obviously a serious matter which at the moment is in the hands of the FA in a certain way.
“The governing bodies have made quite a strong stance in England, which is fully appreciated, but hopefully Uefa can give us a little bit more of an indication about what they are expecting to do.
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“We’ve spoken so much about this kind of situation that it’s almost like we haven’t put a brake into these events that we have to deal with on a weekly basis, which is very sad.
“At the moment I think it’s important to see actions instead of words. Our words on the recent events from the last year or so, or even more, probably haven’t been enough.
“I think the governing bodies have to act a little bit quicker and in a more aggressive way so we can in some way serve as an example in this massive sport, and hopefully equal the Olympics in a certain way.”
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