Young Danny at centre of racism storm

Danny Rose, below, appeared to be racially abused on England Under-21 duty.
Danny Rose, below, appeared to be racially abused on England Under-21 duty.
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DONCASTER-born defender Danny Rose was sent off after the final whistle of England Under-21’s Euro 2013 play-off victory in Serbia last night and was the subject of alleged racist abuse from the crowd.

The 22-year-old, nephew to former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Mark Rankine, was dismissed after apparently responding angrily to monkey taunts from the terraces at the end of the clash in Krusevac.

Scuffles also broke out when supporters invaded the field moments after Connor Wickham struck in injury time to complete a 2-0 aggregate win and book England’s place at next summer’s tournament.

The Football Association have reported “a number of incidents of racism” to UEFA following the fixture.

Head coach Stuart Pearce said: “I think there were one or two racist incidents that came on from the crowd. It is in their (UEFA) hands now, they will have to deal with that.”

Meanwhile, England’s World Cup qualifier against Poland has been rearranged for 4pm today after massive rainfall caused last night’s match to be postponed.

Heavy rain had been falling in Warsaw for most of the day and massive pools of water had appeared on the pitch long before the game was due to start.

After a lengthy delay, Italy referee Gianluca Rocci eventually called it off.