Gareth Southgate Calls Out Racist Abuse From Montenegro Fans
England manager Gareth Southgate has called out Montenegro fans for hurling racist remarks against his players.
The two teams battled it out for the UFEA Euro Qualifiers, where England annihilated the Balkan country 5-1.
But after the match, Southgate said he wasn't happy with some of the remarks coming from the opponent's fans.
"I definitely heard abuse at Danny Rose when he got booked at the end of the game... We'll make sure that's reported officially. It's not acceptable."@England boss Gareth Southgate reacts to racist chants in Montenegro this evening pic.twitter.com/I1b0t1WEiM
- ITV Football (@itvfootball) March 25, 2019
Speaking to ITV, he said: "I definitely heard abuse at Danny Rose when he got booked at the end of the game...We'll make sure that's reported officially. It's not acceptable."
He didn't know if other players were subjected to racist remarks.
The Independent reports racist chants could be heard in the stadium throughout the match. Raheem Sterling was pictured cupping his hands towards the vocal audience after England scored a goal.
He followed the move up with a tweet, which said: "Best way to silence the haters (and yeah I mean racists)."
Asked whether Sterling also heard abuse, Southgate was unclear, saying: "I'm not sure yet. I had a quick chat with Danny because I heard what happened there. I've not had chance to speak with Raheem yet.
"Whatever happens we'll report it."
England player Callum Hudson-Odoi told BeIN Sports that he specifically heard monkey chants coming from the fans.
England has had a rough experience on Montenegro turf, with players being abused physically and verbally in the two matches at Podgorica City Stadium.
Southgate got Kyle Walker to speak to the team before tonight's match as he was the only player in the squad who was playing during the 2011 match when goalkeeper Joe Hart was pelted with projectiles, Ashley Cole was spat on and flares were let off.
"Kyle spoke a bit about the experience to help the players prepare for what's coming, so that it's not a surprise," Southgate said.
"I expect all the players, even the younger ones, to show leadership in their own way but to have the older ones setting the example in those tense moments in particular.
"Maintaining composure is something we've talked about a lot. Our undoing in tournaments has often been a lack of discipline in matches. That's expected of this group now.
"They have to respond in the right way, stay calm in tense moments. A lot of times, if a team goes down to 10 men, it clearly influences the result. We have to make sure we don't allow them that opportunity, ensure our mentality and discipline are right and we focus on the things we can affect."
They certainly kept their composure and dominated the Montenegro side.
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