England’s 5-1 win against Montenegro in their European Championship qualifier was marred by racist abuse by home supporters.
Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi both said they were victims of racist chants during the match at the Podgorica City Stadium, while Gareth Southgate said he heard Danny Rose get abused towards the final whistle.
"I definitely heard abuse of Danny Rose when he got booked at the end - it's not acceptable," Southgate said, per BBC Sport.
"There's no doubt in my mind that happened and we'll report it to UEFA.”
It’s an almighty shame that this is what we are talking about following yet another impressive England performance.
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UEFA are now facing pressure to hand out a strong punishment but their previous handling of racial incidents isn’t exactly glowing.
Can the players rely on UEFA to hand over sufficient punishments? Ian Wright doesn’t think so.
Ian Wright: Nothing will happen
The former England striker doesn’t think they do enough to combat racism.
“You have got to protect your players. They will probably go to UEFA and they will fine them a pittance amount as a deterrent,” Wright said on ITV Sport.
“Nothing will happen and we will probably get the same thing here at some stage again or somewhere else in Europe because they don't do enough to stop it.”
UEFA have been very poor in their handling of racist incidents.
In 2018, the governing body rejected Michy Batshuayi’s complaint that he had been racially abused by Atalanta fans.
They also failed to act after Kevin Prince-Boateng was insulted while playing for AC Milan in a friendly against Pro Patria in 2013. UEFA said the incident lied outside their jurisdiction.
That same year, Dynamo Kiev fans were found guilty of racist behaviour but the Ukrainian club were only ordered to play two games behind closed doors.
Six years on and Chelsea have reported Dynamo Kiev to UEFA over abuse aimed at Hudson-Odoi during their Europa League tie on March 14.
Here’s hoping they act accordingly this time around.