Gullit: Racism in football is growing in Europe and Uefa must act

Former Dutch international criticises governing body and match officials who failed to stop the game once racist chants broke out when England Under-21s met Serbia last week
As the England Under-21s celebrated a victory against Serbia which saw them qualify for the European Championships in Israel next year, the final whistle marked an outbreak of racist chanting and violence which resulted in Danny Rose kicking the ball away in frustration and receiving a red card for doing so.

However, Ruud Gullit believes that Uefa cannot sanction Rose's red card and instead must harshly discipline Serbia for racist chanting, violent conduct and the fans throwing objects at the England squad.

The former Milan and Netherlands player and Chelsea and Newcastle manager is calling on Uefa to make sure that they handle the situation correctly to prevent a similar situation happening again.

He told The Mirror: “I demand to know if Uefa are really going to sanction Danny Rose. The boy’s reaction to kick the ball away was a very innocent and ­understandable reaction. An ­obvious one under the circumstances. The Turkish referee Huseyin Gocek gave Rose a red card. Can anyone explain what else Danny could have done?

“I know what should have happened. The game should have been stopped as soon as the crowd made their racist chants and noises. Games must be stopped when this kind of racism ­­towards black players ­occurs.

"The massive worldwide ­attention will force Uefa to take action. They can’t just sit on their hands anymore.”

Gullit also revealed the worsening situation across Europe which has seen racism increase despite Uefa trying to calm it down.

He added: “I was shocked by the scandalous racial ­behaviour from Serbia fans.

“Sadly, monkey noises are still common in certain ­European countries.

“It’s a cancer which is ­growing bigger under the ­current economic pressures.

“For this reason I demand to know what Uefa is going to do now against the terrible ­behaviour of the Serbs. Before Euro 2012 we saw how Uefa announced a list of severe sanctions for racism. Now all those sanctions have ­apparently been thrown ­overboard."