Raheem Sterling has claimed that his response to scoring in England’s 5-1 victory over Montenegro on Monday night was the best way to silence the “racist” home fans who allegedly directed abuse at Danny Rose.
Sterling has also suggested that racist abuse should be punished by teams playing behind closed doors after chanting soured England’s win in Montenegro. And Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro after England players were subjected to racist chants during their resounding Euro 2020 qualifying win at the Podgorica City stadium on Monday.
The governing body’s delegate had received a complaint by England on the night of the game, which the visitors won 5-1, after Danny Rose was subjected to monkey chants following his booking for a foul in stoppage time.
The Three Lions ran rampant in Podgorica after falling behind to score five goals for the second successive Euro 2020 football qualifier, yet their latest emphatic victory was overshadowed by reports of racist chanting from some Montenegro supporters.
Gareth Southgate confirmed after the full-time whistle that England would make a complaint to Uefa having “definitely heard abuse when Rose got booked at the end of the game”, while Sterling has called for stronger punishments for abuse, questioning what impact fines have.
Asked by Sky Sports News’ Rob Dorsett whether abuse should warrant stadium bans or teams playing behind closed doors, Sterling said: “Yep. Something serious for them, to make them think twice about doing it again.”
He earlier said: “It’s now time for the people that are in charge to put a real stamp on it because you can fine someone but what’s that going to do? — The Evening Standard.