Montenegro face racist abuse charges after Danny Rose targeted in England game

25 March 2019, 22:03 | Updated: 26 March 2019, 17:32

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro after racist abuse was directed at England defender Danny Rose.

The charges also include crowd disturbances, throwing objects, setting off fireworks and blocked stairways.

FIFA has welcomed the action, calling the abuse "abhorrent racist chanting" and saying it was "unacceptable at any level of the game".

England manager Gareth Southgate said he heard the abuse during the team's 5-1 win over Montenegro.

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, 24, reacted to the chants directed at his England teammate by making a gesture with his hands and ears towards the Montenegro fans after he scored.

Monkey chants were aimed at 28-year-old Rose, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur, towards the end of the game after a late challenge.

Soon after the Euro 2020 qualification game, Sterling posted a photo of himself celebrating his goal on Instagram with the caption: "Best way to silence the haters (yeah I mean racists)