Monday 19 August 2019

Pep Guardiola urges Danny Rose to stay and fight racism in football

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged Tottenham defender Danny Rose to "fight" against racism.

The England full-back admitted he has had enough of what he sees as football's inability or unwillingness to tackle racism, and says he "can't wait to see the back of" the sport.

But Guardiola, whose City side face Spurs in the Champions League quarter-finals next week, said: "Danny Rose has not to do that (retire). If I see him next Tuesday I will tell him the best way to combat this kind of situation is to fight, being there

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi has the composure to brush off the abuse he has suffered in both Chelsea and England colours.

Chelsea's Italian boss also insisted Leonardo Bonucci is not a racist, but made an error in his criticism of Juventus team-mate Moise Kean, who was racially abused at Cagliari.

"Hudson-Odoi is very strong, he has a great character; a very strong boy," Sarri said.

"I was surprised that this happened in Cagliari. Usually in Cagliari it's a good atmosphere in the stadium.

"I think Leonardo Bonucci made a mistake. But I am sure he probably wanted to say something different.

"Because I am sure Leonardo is not a racist. He made a mistake of course. We can only be an example for people. But it's a very difficult to solve the problem."

The Professional Footballers' Association has said the way Rose feels is a "shocking indictment" of how racism is being handled.

In a statement, the PFA said: "We have spoken to Danny directly, both after the Montenegro game and again today, to ensure he is aware that we are on his side and here to support him as a union and as fellow professionals.

"To see a senior England international so disheartened with his profession is a shocking indictment of the current experience of many players worldwide."

The players' group also demanded stronger recourse for offenders, including "sporting sanctions".

It added: "The strongest possible sanctions must now be imposed on any team whose fans engage in racist behaviour from the stands.

"Fines are not proving effective, and therefore more strident punishments must be given - stadium bans and sporting sanctions are the minimum punishments required."

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