Danny Rose, the Tottenham Hotspur and England footballer, who has been the victim, on several occasions, of racist abuse from fans, has spoken out about his feelings about how racism is perceived, and says he "can't wait to see the back of football".
Not to belittle Rose's claims, or anything, but he then went on to qualify his comment by saying that racist offenders are punished nowhere nearly enough, and that:
"When countries get fined what I probably spend on a night out in London, what do you expect?"
This statement is profound, and calls into question just how much Danny Rose spends on a night out in London.
Most people cannot afford to spend a lot of money on a night out, and many cannot even afford to have a night out. Danny Rose, however, as an overpaid, primadonna footballer, who does no real work, and upon whom an extraordinary amount of supporters' hard-earned cash is lavished, can afford to spend an amount equal to that which countries, such as Montenegro, are fined due to racist infringements.
Add to that, the fact that fining a country for its fans' behaviour is unlikely to have any effect whatsoever on those fans, other than, sadly, to accentuate their behaviour the next time they get inside a stadium where their racist targets may be playing. Danny Rose should wake up to the fact that racism has been around for thousands of years, and will always be present, and him thinking that it can be stamped out by fining footballing organisations is an indication of his lack of understanding on the subject.
If Danny Rose would like to swap jobs, many people are quite willing to give it a try.
(A disciplinary case regarding Montenegro, who England played in a Euro 2020 qualifier in March, will be dealt with by European football's governing body on 16 May. The minimum punishment is a partial stadium closure, while a second offence results in one match being played behind closed doors and a fine of 50,000 euros (£42,500). - source: BBC)