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UEFA Investigates England and Serbia Over U-21 Row
Independent, October 18th, 2012 1PM

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UEFA has now opened up disciplinary proceedings against both England and Serbia following the ugly scenes that developed at the end of the Under-21 Euro 2013 qualifier between the countries Tuesday night in Krusevac. Serbia will be investigated over the alleged racist chanting of its fans and both England and Serbia will be investigated over the improper conduct of both of their players at the end of the game. 

"No football team should be asked to play in any environment where racial abuse, violence and threatening behavior is prevalent,” England’s FA general secretary Alex Horne said. “We must question the validity of sending a team to Serbia in the future."

For its part, the Serbian soccer federation refuted England’s claims, saying it "absolutely denies that there were any occurrences of racism before and during the match at the stadium." It also pointed the finger directly at England’s Danny Rose, who was sent off after the match for kicking a ball into the hostile crowd, describing his behavior as "inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar.”

However, according to the Independent, several Serbian newspapers admitted to the racist chanting of Serbia’s fans, with one called Mile claiming, “there is a video on YouTube showing the sad truth.

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  1. Jack vrankovic
    commented on: October 18, 2012 at 8:22 p.m.
    Racial taunts are awful, but far worse happens during European football matches...Flares/debris thrown at players and opposing fans is common in many European countries and Turkey...If Croatia goes to Serbia or vice versa plenty of nasty things happen, but nobody seem to notice. If Turkey goes to Greece or vice versa the mood is foul, but nobody seems to care. Our outrage should not be monopolized by monkey chants and Nazi salutes.. The situation is bad and has been for some time... This is one aspect of sport that the good old USA gets right. Try to sneak into Giants Stadium with a flare and you will not fare as well as your European counterpart.


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