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Sunderland's Rose: Racist abuse lasted all game

Sunderland wing-back Danny Rose says he copped 90 minutes of racist abuse from Serb fans during England U21's 1-0 win.

Rose was sent off by the Turkish referee Huseyin Gocek after the final whistle - and has been accused by the Serbian FA of "inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar" behaviour - a charge which the Spurs defender, on loan at Sunderland, emphatically denies.

Rose said: "I remember getting slapped twice and then I got ushered away - and that's when I kicked the ball and the referee sent me off, so I don't understand.

"The game had finished by then but he still sent me off.

"And then, as everyone managed to hear, as I was walking off there was monkey chanting, but the monkey chanting started long before I got sent off."

"They started monkey chanting straight away in the warm-up and I asked the lads if they could hear it and they said they could.

"Halfway through the warm-up, I went to Wiggs [Steve Wigley, the assistant manager] and I told him about what was happening. He just said I should try my best to get through it and they'll deal with it straight away after the game.

"In the first half, when I went to get the ball for a throw-in, the fans were starting again with the monkey chant but the first half was nowhere near as bad as the second.

"In the second half, I had two stones hit me in the head when I went to get the ball for a throw-in.

"Every time I touched the ball, they were doing the monkey chanting again."

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