Pep Guardiola has said that he will try and persuade Danny Rose not to quit football over racism, with the Spurs man giving a hard-hitting interview to the Mirror this week.
Rose said that he 'can't wait to see the back of football' in the interview, criticising the sport's authorities' continued failure to take effective action against racial abuse.
Guardiola told journalists in his pre-match press conference on Friday that he hopes Rose will stay in the sport and continue fight racism as a player.
'I hope he knows he can talk to me in any moment.'@jjenas8 offers his support to Danny Rose after the Spurs defender said he can't wait to walk away from football.— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) April 5, 2019
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Quoted by Sky Sports, Guardiola said: "
"You see my manager [Mauricio Pochettino] get banned for two games for just being confrontational against Mike Dean at Burnley," he said. "But yet a country can only get fined a little bit of money for being racist. It's just a bit of a farce at the minute.
"That's where we're at now in football and until there's a harsh punishment there's not much else we can expect I don't think."
received so much love & support for this ❤️ makes me faithful for our fight #KickRacismOutOfOurStadiums— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) March 26, 2019
Rose and his teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi were targeted with racist abuse during England's Euro 2020 qualifier away in Montenegro. Raheem Sterling also spoke out after the game in Montenegro, calling the abuse 'unacceptable'.