We abhor any racial prejudice, and the big news this week was when Sunderland’s Danny Rose, on loan from Tottenham, was the victim of racial taunts on Tuesday night in England’s U-21 game in Serbia.
Danny Rose – cheer up Danny – it will be alright
For some reason this racial prejudice in football recently seems to be growing, and we have seen a few reports that Newcastle fans may want to applaud Danny before the game on Sunday at Sunderland.
That would be a terrific gesture and show just how good our fans our.
The 22-year-old received malicious chants right from the warm-up in the U21 game in Serbia, and apparently he had stones and coins thrown at him as well.
And it seems Martin O’Neill has heard of the Newcastle fans’ plan to applaud Danny, and the Sunderland manager had this to say:
“It would be exceptionally gracious, and I’m sure it would be appreciated.”
And it seems Danny was very upset after the game and Martin may not even play him:
“Danny is still angry and disappointed,” “I have the utmost sympathy and empathy with him.” “What happened is something you should never have to endure.”
“I need to speak to him to find out what state of mind he’s in because we need him to focus on the game.” “It depends on how he is feeling but I am sure he will want to play.”
Let’s hope the lad can play on Sunday.
It’s an odd notion for Geordie fans to applaud a Sunderland player – but it will be done before the game, and will show the good will of Newcastle supporters – and it’s a great thing to do.
Of course once the game starts – forget it – we’ll all only be urging on the lads in black and white.
It’s a great idea and would get some much needed positive publicity for racial equality.
We are all the same however different we look on the surface.
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