Captain Henderson has finally spoken out about the racial incident that happened in England’s match in Montenegro. He was there to witness it first hand and has since been pondering over, and now speaking out.
Henderson thinks that the England squad gave a classy response to abuse by Montenegro fans. Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi were racially abused. After the incident, manager Southgate had to himself raise a complaint to UEFA.
It is only appropriate to condemn such behaviour, or as a certain ex-Liverpool player said, “take action”. Here’s Henderson’s take on the latest racial incident in football:
“On Monday night I was in Montenegro with England and witnessed the horrendous abuse suffered by a number of our players.
“It’s a surreal experience seeing it unfold and quite frankly feeling helpless to do anything practical in that moment to stop it.
“As a professional footballer you are used to being shouted at and abused, but in my individual experience it’s because I’m an opposition player or people don’t think I’m any good.
“To be abused simply because of who you are is something I can’t comprehend and yet on Monday night it was there for millions watching at home, as well as those of us in the stadium, to witness.”
“I have no words to express my admiration for the way the lads who were the targets of it dealt with it during and afterwards,”
“The image of Raheem Sterling after he scored is incredibly powerful, but so were his words in the post-match. Raheem spoke for all of us when he said that action and not just condemnation is needed.”
– certain excerpts from the the Captain’s programme notes for Liverpool v Tottenham