England's Hudson-Odoi wants UEFA action on racism

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Published on March 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:27s

England's Hudson-Odoi wants UEFA action on racism

England attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi called on UEFA to take action after he and other black players were subjected to racist chanting during a match against Montenegro on Monday.


England's Hudson-Odoi wants UEFA action on racism


(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND PLAYER, CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI, SAYING: "Yeah, I don't think discrimination should be anywhere, you know.

I think, as I said, we're equal.

We have to play a fair game and enjoy the moment but when you're hearing stuff like that from the fans, it's not right, it's not acceptable and hopefully UEFA deal with it properly because obviously when I was over there, me and Rosey (Danny Rose) heard it.

They were saying (monkey chants), monkey stuff, so there's stuff that we just have to keep our heads, keep a strong mentality and hopefully Rosey's okay as well and if anything we'll have a chat and discuss what happened but he's got a strong mentality, he's a strong guy so I think it'll be good.

Hopefully, UEFA deal with it." REPORTER: "Cuts you straight to the heart doesn't it?" HUDSON-ODOI: "Yeah, it's not right at all.

I was enjoying the game as well and to hear stuff like that it's never right but as I said you've got to have a strong mentality and we're still delighted for the win.

So, we just take the win and go back home." REPORTER: "Has Raheem (Sterling) made this all easier to talk about.

Easier to complain about?

Easier to be comfortable making a strong statement about as well as his influence on the pitch which we saw against tonight?" HUDSON-ODOI: "Yeah, Raheem's always helped.

He's tried to talk to me about it.

He's said, 'Listen, don't worry about it.

It's football.

Obviously, it's not right in the game but you got to stay strong.'

And I've spoken to him and Rosey about it at times and they were like, 'Listen, in football, you're always going to get people like that.

People are always going to be rude to you or say stuff that you don't want to hear and that's part of football.

So, sometimes you got to block it out your head and just keep going with the game..

But at the same time that should never happen in football - everyone should be enjoying the game, and, as I said, it's unacceptable." STORY: England attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi called on UEFA to take action after he and other black players were subjected to racist chanting during a match against Montenegro on Monday (March 25).

England defender Danny Rose was subjected to monkey chants and Raheem Sterling, scorer of England's final goal in the 5-1 win, was also targeted, with racist abuse heard throughout the game.

Chelsea midfielder Hudson-Odoi, who played the full 90 minutes in Podgorica, said it was 'not acceptable' that he and team mates heard monkey chants from the stands and called on European football's governing body UEFA to 'deal with it'.

UEFA announced on Tuesday that they were opening an investigation into charges of "racist behaviour" during the game.

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary panel on May 16.

Montenegro's football association (FSCG) said they were ready to ban fans who could be shown to have been involved.

"If the proceedings prove that there was racist behaviour in the stadium, The Montenegrin Football Association (FSCG) will take all the necessary measures to identify the irresponsible individuals who might have caused such incidents and will ban them from all future matches organised by FSCG," the body said in a statement.

The FSCG said this was the first incident they had suffered at an international game.

"We haven't had any incidents involving religious, gender or racial discrimination at international matches before and we are certain that they will not happen in the future.

There is no room for such behaviour in a multi-cultural and a multi-ethnic society like Montenegro." Sterling called for Montenegro supporters to be banned from matches, while England manager Gareth Southgate said he would report the incidents to UEFA.

As well as a complaint from the English FA, UEFA will also examine the referee's report and the official report from their own match delegate.

Forward Sterling, who cupped his ears when celebrating his goal in front of the home fans, told Sky Sports: "I didn't hear (racist chanting) personally but Danny (Rose) made it clear and (made me) aware that's what they were doing so I just wanted to show them that they were going to need more than that to upset us and stop us." Sterling called for strict sanctions from UEFA.

"You've got to punish the whole fans who can't come to the games," he said.

"You've got to do something that will really make them think twice because if their team can't play with fans it's going to be difficult for them."

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