1. ITV Report

England international in Serbia marred by racism

Danny Rose, seen above in a recent international, was targeted for abuse in Serbia. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

The FA announced it had reported "a number of incidents of racism" to UEFA after violent scenes marred England's U21 1-0 win against Serbia tonight.

Defender Danny Rose was sent off after the final whistle after responding angrily to apparent monkey chants from the crowd at the end of the Euro 2013 play-off in Krusevac.

Scuffles also broke out when supporters invaded the field moments after Connor Wickham struck in injury time to complete a 2-0 aggregate win and book England's place at next summer's tournament.

A statement from the FA read:

The FA condemns both the scenes of racism and the confrontation at the final whistle during which time our players and staff were under extreme provocation.

The FA has reported a number of incidents of racism to UEFA following the fixture.

These were seemingly aimed at a number of England black players by the crowd. The matter is now with UEFA.

England assistant Steve Wigley and Steve Wickham, a member of the team's backroom staff, were also caught up in the trouble as players left the field at the Mladost Stadium.

Head coach Stuart Pearce told ESPN:

I think there were one or two racist incidents that came on from the crowd and they have been reported to UEFA, I believe, by ourselves. It is in their hands now, they will have to deal with that.

I am very proud of my players and my staff and very proud of the achievement in getting to a fourth tournament in a row. It is very sad, but we are united as a team and a staff.

A lot is happening in our country with regard to stamping out racism and I am very proud of the reaction of our players towards the end.

Stuart Pearce said the scenes in Serbia was "very sad". Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

England Under-21 captain Jordan Henderson confirmed defender Rose was racially abused and revealed that stones, coins and seats were thrown at the players after the win.

I thought our players were brilliant and conducted themselves very well. The players completely condemn what happened. ... I didn't understand why Danny Rose was sent off at the end - I didn't see he did anything wrong, other than get abused.

UEFA must deal with this in the right way.

– Jordan Henderson

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane condemned the scenes of racism as "disgraceful" and "shocking".

The former Ireland international was speaking over footage of the Under 21 game's end during ITV 1's coverage of the rain-affected England senior international in Poland that was later postponed.

Former England defender and fellow pundit Gareth Southgate added: "It's not the first time that's happened in the eastern European countries."

He also defended Rose following his dismissal.

"Danny Rose is not the sort of lad to react like that," Southgate said. "Clearly he's been riled by something on the field."

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