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Tottenham's Rose: Racism fines same as I spend on night out

Shaka Hislop calls on UEFA to do more than assessing a monetary fine, following alleged racial abuse directed at England players in Montenegro.

Danny Rose has said racism will continue to be a problem in football as long as offending countries are fined what he would spend on a night out -- and he can't wait to see the back of the game.

The Tottenham left-back was among the England players targeted with chants by a section of home fans during the 5-1 Euro 2020 qualifying victory in Podgorica on March 25, and UEFA have since charged Montenegro with racist behaviour.

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"I'd sort of prepared myself anyway for what happened," Rose said. "Had we not been winning, the yellow card I got at the end might have been a red one, but I'm fine.

"I played in Serbia about eight years ago and it happened there so I sort of thought there was a possibility it may happen again, and it did.

"It didn't affect my game. I'm a big boy now. I know three points isn't the most important thing when you're going through things like that, but I just wanted the team to get three points, to move on and get out of Montenegro as quickly as possible.

"Obviously it's sad [to have to prepare yourself for that] but when countries only get fined what I probably spend on a night out in London then what do you expect?

"You see my manager [Mauricio Pochettino] get banned for two games for just being confrontational against Mike Dean at Burnley. Yet a country can only get fined a little bit of money for being racist. It's just a bit of a farce at the minute.

"That's where we're at now in football and until there's a harsh punishment there's not much else we can expect I don't think.

"I have had enough. At the minute, how I've programmed myself now, I just think that I've got five or six more years left in football and I just can't wait to see the back of it, seeing how things are done in the game at the minute. There's so many politics and whatever in football."

Rose decided not to speak to the media immediately after the match in Podgorica but said: "I have to say it was a very small minority out of the fans that were doing the chants so I didn't want the postmatch to be about me.

"I wasn't upset. I just wanted everybody to focus on the good week that we had with England. We scored 10 goals and it was a great performance over two games.

"I spoke to Gareth [Southgate] after the game. I didn't mention it at half-time so he wasn't aware of what was happening until he heard it right at the end.

"The manager was a bit upset to be fair. He said it's the first time he's been involved in something like that, and he said he didn't know what the right course of action was.

"He said he was fully behind me if we wanted to walk off. I appreciate that but I just wanted to get the three points and get out of there as quickly as possible."

While Rose has become increasingly disillusioned with life as a professional footballer, he said he enjoyed being involved in the first senior match at Tottenham's new stadium on Wednesday, as Spurs beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at the 62,062-seater arena to reclaim third place from Arsenal.

"It was special," he said. "It was a bit surreal at the beginning when we were doing the warm-up and there was a moment when the crowd was singing Dele [Alli]'s name. We were just saying after the game how loud it was.

"It was an amazing night. We've waited a little bit for this night and we're thankful it's here and we're back to winning. It was a good night all-round.

"It was a bit flat towards the end, playing at Wembley, and you can't hold anything against the fans for that. They've been great and [last night] they made it really feel like home.

"We can't wait to play here next week [against Manchester City]."

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