Mauricio Pochettino would withdraw team if players were racially abused

• ‘Football is strong weapon to defend principles of humanity’
• Tottenham manager backed by Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp

Mauricio Pochettino has said he would not hesitate to call his Tottenham players off the field if any of them were subjected to racist abuse – a stance echoed by Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool. Pochettino was appalled when one of his players – Danny Rose – had monkey chants directed at him during England’s Euro 2020 qualifying win in Montenegro on Monday night.

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