England footballer Danny Rose 'regularly stopped by police and asked if his car is stolen'

Emily Mee, news reporter
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Danny Rose said there have also been incidents when he has travelled by train
Danny Rose said there have also been incidents when he has travelled by train

England footballer Danny Rose has claimed he is regularly stopped by police in his hometown - and was breathalysed after being approached by officers in a car park last week.

The Premier League star said he is often asked by officers whether his car is stolen when returning home to Doncaster.

"My friends have been there with me a lot of the time when it's happened," he told the Second Captains podcast.

"The last time, last week, when I'd just been at my mum's house, I had pulled up in a car park so the engine was off.

"The police pulled in and they brought a riot van, three police cars and they questioned me. They said they'd had a report that a car had not been driving correctly.

"So I'm like; 'Okay, so why does that make it my car?' I got my ID out and they breathalysed me. It's just honestly one of those things to me now. What can I do?"

Rose said he was first stopped by police at 15 years old and it is still happening now he is 30.

"So 15 years of this on and off the field happening and there's no change whatsoever," he said.

The Tottenham defender, who spent last season on loan at Newcastle, said there have also been incidents when he has travelled by train.

"One of the last times I got on the train, I got on with my bags and the attendant said; 'Do you know this is first class?'" Rose told the podcast.

"I say: 'Yeah, so what?' They ask to see my ticket and I show the lady it and - this is no word of a lie - two people, white people, walk on the train after me and she says nothing.

"I asked; 'Are you not going to ask for their tickets?' and she just said: 'Ah no, I don't need to'."

Rose continued: "People might think it happens but to me that's racism. These are the things I have to put up with, being stopped all the time and being asked if I know this is first class and to show my ticket."

The defender has frequently spoken up about racism in football after he was racially abused while playing for England in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro.

Rose along with teammates Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi were subjected to monkey chants from the stands during the match.

But he insists the problem is not just in football and has said it is a "regular occurrence" for him to be stopped by police.

"Each time it's; 'Is this car stolen? Where did you get this car from? What are you doing here? Can you prove that you bought this car?'" he said.

The footballer said he is doubtful things can change in the future because of the response he has received when bringing up racism.

"This is everyday life for me but I feel embarrassed to even complain in a way, or bring it up, when you see the incident in America where a man, a black man, lost his life at the hands of people who were supposed to protect and serve," he said, referring to the killing of George Floyd in the US.

"Whenever I do say things or complain, you do hear people say; 'Well you're on this money so just get on with it.' I just give up with hoping that things will change because that's some people's mentality towards racism."

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: "Our officers work hard to ensure the roads of South Yorkshire are safe.

"As part of this ongoing work, officers conduct regular traffic stops of drivers across all roads and areas of South Yorkshire.

"For drivers who feel like they have been targeted for a stop, please be assured our officers' actions are there to keep you and our communities safe."