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Sunderland player in racism row

A Sunderland footballer is at the centre of an international racism row after the England Under-21s match against Serbia.

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Sunderland's Danny Rose calls for Serbia ban

Danny Rose said he was subjected to monkey taunts long before the violent scenes, which stained the end of the Euro 2013 play-off. Credit: Press Association Images

Sunderland's Danny Rose has called for Serbia to be banned after complaining of racial abuse during the England Under-21 match against Serbia last night.

The England defender said he was hit by missiles during the game and was subjected to monkey taunts long before the violent scenes which stained the end of the Euro 2013 play-off.

Rose was sent off after the final whistle for kicking a ball in anger in response to provocation as scuffles broke out involving Serbian supporters, players and other officials.

Rose told Sky Sports News: "I remember getting slapped twice and then I got ushered away. That's when I kicked the ball - and the referee sent me off. I don't understand, the game had finished by then but he still sent me off for kicking the ball."

Rose added: "As I went off again there was monkey chanting, but the monkey chanting started long before I got sent off. After 60 minutes my head wasn't really on the game. They have to be banned. I don't understand how else they can learn from it, they have to be banned.

"I don't understand how else they can learn from it, they have to be banned."

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