Don't quit soccer over racism, Pep urges Danny Rose
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged Tottenham Hotspur fullback Danny Rose not to let racism win by following through on his plan to walk away from football when his playing career ends.
England international Rose this week said that he could not wait to leave football because he had had enough of the racism in the game and was frustrated by the response of the authorities to the abuse.
Rose was among several English players who were victims of offensive chanting in a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro last month.
Guardiola, whose City team play Tottenham in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday, said Rose should stay in football and continue to fight racism from within the game: "The best way to fight and combat this kind of terrible situation is fighting and being there every day - and of course (Rose) is an extraordinary footballer," Guardiola said.
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has said that referees should stop matches when players have been subjected to racial abuse, while Rose's England teammate Raheem Sterling called for stiffer sanctions for fans who racially abuse players.
Rose broke his silence on the racist abuse in Montenegro, which he had expected after a similar incident seven years earlier. He was also racially abused in neighbouring Serbia while playing for England's under-21s in 2012 and was dismayed by the resulting £65,000 fine by Uefa, which also ordered the Serbs to play one game behind closed doors.
Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro, but Rose said: "When countries only get fined what I'd probably spend on a night out in London, what do you expect? When the punishment is not as harsh, what do you expect?
"You see my Tottenham manager [Mauricio Pochettino] gets banned for two games for just being confrontational against [referee] Mike Dean at Burnley. But yet a country can only get fined a little bit of money for being racist. It's just a bit of a farce. So that's where we are at in football and until there's a harsh punishment there's not much else we can expect."
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