Racism is so prevalent and unrelenting in international soccer that England’s black soccer star Danny Rose has revealed he told his heartbroken family not to come to the World Cup over fears they would be racially abused in Russia. 

The Tottenham defender says he feels numb to racism and helpless to prevent it and has slammed FIFA’s latest punishment as “disgusting” and “laughable”. 

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In another explosive interview, Danny Rose says he's told his distraught family to stay away from World Cup over racism fears, he is 'numb' to racism & feels powerless, & labelled FIFA fines 'disgusting' & 'laughable'. https://t.co/d30dFIA1RT

According to standard.co.uk, “Russian football has been marred by incidents of racism for years, most recently when Fifa fined their football union £22,000 for racist chanting aimed at French players when the countries played in March. France’s 3-1 friendly win was played at the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg, one of the venues for this summer’s finals."

It’s sure to be a powder keg of bigotry and drunken, vile racist chants. Who can blame Rose for not wanting to subject his family to such horrors? He’d rather venture into the lion’s den and deal with the demons of the game alone as he has so many times in the past.

“I’m just numb to it now,” Rose said.  “If I’m racially abused out there, I’m abused. Nothing is going to change. I just get on with it. It shouldn’t be like that but it is.” 

Rose was subjected to monkey chants and hit with stones while on England U21 duty in Serbia in October 2012. Some of these primitive countries still do stuff like that. Go figure. 

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Professional soccer's racist culture has to change 😔! English soccer player, Danny Rose, refuses to allow his family to attend his first world cup over fears of racism https://t.co/qNGMUJ59AE

 “I’m not worried for myself,” Rose told Standard Sport ahead of his first World Cup. “But I’ve told my family I don’t want them going out there because of racism and anything else that may ­happen. I don’t want to be worrying when I’m trying to prepare for games for my family’s safety. If anything ­happens to me, it wouldn’t affect me like it would if my family had been abused. I’m fine with whatever may or may not happen, and I like to think I’ll be able to deal with it in the right way. “

It’s deplorable that FIFA countries are allowed to freely spew such bigoted and hateful chants at players of color. It’s like soccer is trapped in the early 1900’s and the way the governing body is dealing with it is by giving out meaningless fines and keeping it moving. 

 “A country being fined £22,000 is just laughable,” Rose said. 

Kick It Out Says Racism At The World Cup In Russia Must Be Tackled

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The emotional damage that a situation like this inflicts on a family and player is lasting. Rose’s family wants to be able to see him play in the most prestigious futbol tournament of his life. He’s endured the abuse and the prejudice and risen to the top of the soccer totem pole as a World Cup athlete. Attending the World Cup and watching Rose play should be a reward for his family, instead, it’s a no-fly zone. 

“My dad’s really upset. I could hear it in his voice," Rose said. "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."