England's Danny Rose says racism fears mean family will not go to Russia

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Image: Danny Rose revealed his family will not be present for his first World Cup tournament

England's Danny Rose has revealed his family will not be travelling to Russia for the World cup over fears they will be racially abused.

FIFA fined Russia's football union £22,000 for racist chanting aimed at France players during a game in March.

France's 3-1 friendly win was played at one of the World Cup venues - the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg.

Tottenham defender Rose told the Evening Standard: "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.

"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.

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Image: FIFA fined the Russian football union for racist chanting aimed at France players during a game in March

"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."

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Rose also said Russia's fine by FIFA was disgusting and laughable, suggesting that the amount of the fine was not high enough to constitute a successful deterrent.

He has previously been the target of racist monkey chants and hit with stones while on England U-21 duty in Serbia in October 2012.

He was sent off after the final whistle following an altercation and missed the first game of the U21 European Championship as a result - Serbia were fined £65,000.

Rose admitted he has little faith in the justice system following the incident, and revealed he had not had a conversation with anyone outside of England.

When asked if his England teammates had discussed walking off the pitch this summer, he said: "We've discussed it. Until it actually happens and under what circumstances, it's hard to say what you'd actually do."

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