Noel Whelan was left heartbroken by Danny Rose’s bombshell that he “can’t wait to see the back” of football due to the game’s failure to tackle racism.
The Tottenham left-back Rose revealed on Wednesday night he has “had enough” of football after he was most recently the target of racist chanting during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier at Montenegro.
UEFA has charged Montenegro with racist behaviour, but Rose does not expect a significant punishment and has criticised governing bodies for not doing enough to combat racism in the game.
“How I programme myself is that I think I’ve got five or six more years left in football, and I just can’t wait to see the back of it,” he said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
BBC pundit Whelan said he has immense sympathy for Rose and what he has had to endure during his playing days.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and Coventry City striker said: “It’s really sad to hear. Playing football should be the best time of your life, with fantastic memories to treasure forever. He is living everyone else’s dream. You should never want your football days to end.
“Cleary, for an awful reason, Danny Rose does. It shows the level of racism he has encountered and how difficult it has been for him to endure.
“I feel sorry for Danny Rose that it hurts him so much. To have to feel that way is a nightmare. It’s just tragic, really.”
Tottenham are without a game this weekend and are next in action in next Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City at the new White Hart Lane.
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