Tottenham defender Danny Rose has claimed that he experiences racism on a constant basis in everyday life. Despite the initiative and approaches being on the rise right now, racial abuse is far from being eradicated.
The 30-year-old left-back opened up about his experiences when it comes to racism which included a recent encounter with the police in his hometown of Doncaster. Rose had experienced racial abuse on the pitch during national duty with England last year. Following which he stated that he can’t wait to move on from the game in five to six years’ time.
Rose revealed that the intervention with the police is inevitable when he comes back into town with police questioning the authenticity of his vehicle due to his color. The England International said:
It’s not just football. I got stopped by the police last week, which is a regular occurrence whenever I go back to Doncaster where I’m from,” “Each time it’s, ‘Is this car stolen? Where did you get this car from? What are you doing here? Can you prove that you bought this car?’
“You know, for me this has been happening since I was 18, since I was driving and each time it happens I just laugh, because I know what’s coming.
Rose feels embarrassed bringing up the subject of racism
The 30-year-old also revealed that there is blatant bias when it comes to color. He elucidated this with an incident that happened to him while traveling in the train. The ticket checker makes it a point to check Rose’s ticket with caution while letting go of the other white passengers. He stated:
“It’s just how it is. Whenever I go on the train. One of the last times I got on the train, I got on with my bags and the attendant said, ‘Do you know this is first class?’. I say, ‘Yeah, so what?’. They ask to see my ticket and I show the lady it and this is no word of a lie, two people, white people, walk on the train after me and she says nothing.
“I asked, ‘Are you not going to ask for their tickets?’ and she just said, ‘Ah no, I don’t need to’. So people might think it happens but to me that’s racism. These are the things I have to put up with, being stopped all the time and being asked if I know this is first class and to show my ticket.
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