Danny Rose 'lost for words' over Montenegro's punishment for racist abuse of England players
FA: "We hope that their [Montenegro's] next home match being played behind closed doors sends out a message that racism has no place in football or in wider society."
Last Updated: 27/04/19 12:44am
Danny Rose says he is "lost for words" after learning about Montenegro's punishment for the racist abuse of England players.
Raheem Sterling called for racist abuse to be punished by teams playing behind closed doors after chanting soured England's 5-1 win in Montenegro last month.
Montenegro say UEFA is forcing them to play their next European Qualifier behind closed doors and they have also been fined 20,000 euros.
The Football Association of Montenegro statement said it had been "sanctioned" by UEFA "due to the racist outburst of a small number of unreasonable fans".
However, Rose, who was one of the players abused during the match, believes the punishment handed down is not harsh enough.
"I've just found out and I'm lost for words a little and I am not surprised," the Tottenham defender told Sky Sports.
"I don't think it is a harsh enough punishment for someone to learn from in the future, just a one-game ban and 20,000 euros - it's a bit shocking but there is not much I can do now.
"I just have to hope that I never have to play there again, it's a shame that this where we are now and I just have to get on with it."
Rose also explained he has been mentally scarred by his experience in the Podgorica City Stadium and is hopeful that he will not have to return to the country.
"I wouldn't want to go back there but obviously if I have to play there I will play. It's not on my list of destinations to visit.
"That is not to say the whole country is like that but I have only been there once and I'm mentally scarred a little bit and I am not in rush to go back there."
As a result of the punishment, Montenegro will "play the next qualifying game in front of the empty stands of the City Stadium in Podgorica".
The Montenegro statement continued: "UEFA's disciplinary commission obliged the Football Association to display the #EqualGame transparency and the UEFA logo at the same match.
"In addition, our Alliance has been fined 20,000 euros because of the use of pyrotechnics, placing items in the field and blocking passages at the stadium stadium in Podgorica in the match with England."
A statement from the English Football Association read: "The FA acknowledges UEFA's decision to sanction the Football Association of Montenegro.
"We hope that their next home match being played behind closed doors sends out a message that racism has no place in football or in wider society.
"We will continue to work with the relevant authorities in football to ensure that all players are able to enjoy the game in a discrimination-free environment."
The ban and fine follow racist chanting that was aimed at several England players, including Rose, during March's Euro 2020 qualifier in Podgorica.
Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi claimed after the game that he heard monkey chants aimed at England players, and also said he saw an object thrown on the pitch as England celebrated a goal scored by Sterling.
Manchester City forward Sterling, who celebrated England's fifth goal by cupping his ears towards the Montenegro fans, called on football's governing bodies to do more to fight racism in football.
Rose said he expected to be racially abused when playing for England in Montenegro last month, but did not want to speak out after the game and take the gloss off his team's win.