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Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose calls for Serbia ban after racist abuse during England Under-21s game
Spurs left-back Danny Rose is calling for Serbia to face an international ban after he was racially abused by fans during England U21s' 1-0 victory last night.
Rose, who is on loan this season at Sunderland, was subjected to racist taunts throughout the match and his emotional celebration after England's late winner sparked a brawl at the final whistle.
Rose was subsequently sent off after he booted a ball at the Serbia fans and explained the abuse began even before the game started.
"It started when we went out for the warm-up," Rose told Sky Sports News.
"I told Wrigs (Steve Wrigley, England assistant manager) what was happening and he told me to try and get through it, that it would be dealt with after the game.
"The fans started with monkey chants every time I went near the touchline and in the second half two stones hit me in the head as I went to get the ball for a throw-in.
"After about 50 minutes, my mind wasn't on the game. I was angry. It was so hard to concentrate that I made a few mistakes.
"When we scored, after 90 minutes worth of abuse, I obviously expressed my emotions. The next thing I knew, all the Serbian players surrounded me, started pushing me, and then a brawl broke out.
"The referee then sent me off for kicking the ball but the game had finished by then. The monkey chants started long before I was sent off.
"It's not right. Serbia have to be banned."
Manager Stuart Pearce described the evening's events as "very sad" and the Football Association last night issued a statement on their website.
It said: "The FA condemns both the scenes of racism and the confrontation at the final whistle during which time our players and staff were under extreme provocation.
"The FA has reported a number of incidents of racism to UEFA following the fixture. These were seemingly aimed at a number of England's black players by the crowd.
"The matter is now with UEFA."
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