Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has revealed he is regularly stopped by police when driving asked if he is sitting in the right seat if he has a first-class train ticket because of the colour of his skin.
Rose, who is unlikely to turn his loan move to Newcastle United into a permanent switch, was speaking to the Second Captain’s Podcast when he made the admission.
The England international said he expects to be pulled over by the police whenever he returns home to Doncaster.
On his last visit to his mum’s house, Rose revealed he was surrounded by police in a riot van and three marked patrol cars after he was spotted in the town driving his £100,000 Range Rover.
“Last week I got stopped by the police,” Rose said. “Which is a regular occurrence whenever I go back to Doncaster, which is where I am from.
“And each time ‘Is this car stolen? Where did you get this car? What are you doing here? Can you prove that you bought this car?'
“Do you know, like for me, that’s been happening since I was 18, since I’ve been driving. And you know each time it happens, I just laugh because I know what is coming and it’s just how it is.
“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 "OK, 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 also gave details of how he has been singled out on public transport, where his presence in the first class carriage on a train causes unwanted attention.
He explained: “Whenever I go on the train… one of the last times I got on the train, I got on there with my bags and straight away the attendant says ‘Do you know this is first class?'
“I say ‘yeah, so what?’ and they’ll say well let me see your ticket then. So, I showed the lady my ticket and this is no word of a lie, two white people walked on the train right after me and she said nothing. I said ‘are you not going to ask to see their tickets’ and she said ‘oh, well, no I don’t need to…”
Asked about his future at Spurs, Rose was evasive. Although he said he would be happy to see out the final year of his contract and leave on a free transfer, manager Jose Mourinho will listen to offers.
“I am very happy to stay at Tottenham and see my last ten or 11 months out, I would love to,” said Rose. “There is nothing I want more than to play one more time in front of the fans.
“My last game for Spurs was a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool and at the time I didn’t know that was going to be or could be my last game for Spurs. I want nothing more than to play in front of the Tottenham fans one more time, just to cherish all the moments we have had over the years with them.
“They have always been good to me, I have possibly given them reasons in the past not to be so good to me, but they know when it was game time, I gave everything for them. I will continue to do that as long as I am contracted to Tottenham.”