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Until now, England’s footballers had not given the overall impression they were drastically alarmed about the possibility of racism marring the World Cup. Ashley Young was asked last week if his family would accompany him to Russia and made it clear that, this being his first World Cup, of course they would be there. Danny Welbeck was asked the same question and pointed out that when Arsenal had played a Europa League tie against CSKA http://www.artsneed.com/sports/nfl-jerseys/los-angeles-ramsMoscow in April it had passed off without any issues. But then came Danny Rose’s response and the realisation that, inside the England camp, there was at least one player who had already decided he could not risk his family being in Russia and asked them to stay away. That, plainly, was not an easy conversation for the England and Tottenham Hotspur left-back when his father, Nigel, regularly travels from home in Doncaster to watch him play in London, sometimes not getting back from night games until 3am and being up for work at 7am. Rose could hear his father’s voice crack when he asked http://www.authenticmagicproshop.com/authentic-8-mario-hezonja-jersey.html him to stay at home but he also remains convinced it is the correct decision. “I’m not worried for myself. But I’ve told my family I don’t want them going out there because of racism and anything else that may happen,” Rose said. “I don’t want to be worrying, when I’m trying to prepare for games, for my family’s safety. “My dad’s really upset. I could hear it in his voice. He said he may never get a chance again to come and watch me in a World Cup. That was emotional, hearing that. It’s really sad. It’s just how it is. Somehow Russia got the World Cup and we have to get on with it.” It is the first time an England footballer has taken such drastic action before a major tournament and Rose’s decision-making has clearly been influenced by his memories of England’s under-21 game in Serbia in October 2012. On that occasion he was subjected to monkey chants and pelted with stones before being sent off for kicking the ball into the stand, his second bookable offence. Nigel described it as like “a bad dream”. In which case it is easy to comprehend why, almost six years Nathan Walker Authentic Jersey later, Rose says he has “no faith in the justice system”, why he feels “numb” about the prospect of something similar happening again and why Fifa’s latest fine – £22,000 for the Russian Football Federation for racist chanting in a friendly against France – is “disgusting” and “laughable”. With that in mind Southgate invited Rose to stand up in front of the other England players one night Leonard Williams Womens Jerseylast week and http://www.authenticjetshockeyshop.com/-58-jansen-harkins-jersey_c-450.html talk about his views on racism in the sport. The meeting was called to discuss the possibility of racial abuse in Russia – and what, specifically, to do in that situation – but not even Southgate knew at that stage that Rose had, as a one-off, asked his family to stay at home. “For the benefit of the other players I asked him to share his experiences,” Southgate said. “What was clear was that he felt let down by the authorities and that was sad to hear. He’s LaDainian Tomlinson Womens Jersey part of our team and part of our family. We intend to support our players as well as we possibly can, so it’s very sad. None of us know what is going to happen in Russia but, sadly, he thinks there’s the possibility of something happening that he wouldn’t want his family to experience.” As he often does, Southgate spoke very eloquently LaDainian Tomlinson Womens Jersey on the subject, talking of the need for better education in the countries that have the worst problems but also recognising there were no easy answers and expressing his pride that he would be taking “one of the most diverse squads to have left England” into a World Cup. wholesale jerseyscheap jerseys chinawholesale jerseyscheap nfl jerseyswholesale nfl jerseyscheap jerseyscheap jerseys
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