UEFA appeals against sanctions

UEFA has appealed against the sanctions that its own control and disciplinary body imposed on Serbia and England for incidents in an Under-21 match in October.

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UEFA warns English FA over 'improper conduct'

UEFA also confirmed that a Serbian complaint against the English FA had been dismissed but that the FA would be warned for receiving "more than five cautions."

The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body decided to dismiss the disciplinary proceedings opened against The Football Association.

The FA has received a warning for improper conduct by its team (more than five cautions).

UEFA: Caulker and Ince banned

UEFA confirmed that two England players would be banned for Under-21 games:

The ruling read:

  • Suspend England player Steven Caulker for two UEFA national team competition matches. This suspension applies to the following games: England v Italy on 5 June 2013 and England v Norway on 8 June 2013.
  • Suspend England player Thomas Ince for one UEFA national team competition match. This suspension applies to the following game: England v Italy on 5 June 2013.

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UEFA: Serbia U-21 to play home match behind closed doors

UEFA confirmed that the Serbian Under-21 team will be forced to play its next European competition home match behind closed doors.

A statement said:

The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has ordered the Serbian Under-21 national team to play their next UEFA competition home match behind closed doors, following a number of incidents that occurred during and after the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off second-leg match against England at the Mladost Stadium in Krusevac on 16 October.

The Football Association of Serbia (FSS) has also been fined €80,000.

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Cameron urged tough sanctions if UEFA finds Serbia guilty

David Cameron and John Barnes
The PM met with football's anti-racism campaigners, including former England winger John Barnes, in February. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron added the weight of his office behind the calls to UEFA to take "tough sanctions" if the allegation of racism against Serbian fans was proven.

He said Britain expected heavy punishment after his sports minister Hugh Robertson wrote to UEFA president Michel Platini urging his governing body to take strong action following the match on October 16.

As to the charge of failing to control players, the Serbian FA has already issued lengthy bans to two players and two officials after the post-match clashes.

The English FA, though, claim their players faced "extreme provocation" and only responded to the situation in which they found themselves.

England hope UEFA upholds Danny Rose's racism claims

Danny Rose
Danny Rose complained he had been particularly targeted. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The allegation of racial abuse against Serbia centres on the claims of England full-back Danny Rose, who was sent off after the final whistle in Krusevac for kicking the ball away in anger.

Rose, supported by the English FA, alleged being "slapped twice" and subjected to "monkey chanting" as he left the field. He said he heard the same taunts during the game.

However, the Serbian FA denies there were any racist chants before and during the game, and accused Rose of acting in an "inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner" towards their fans.

Supporting evidence has been submitted from both sides to UEFA.

Heavy sanctions due if Serbian racist chanting is proven

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The violence marred Stuart Pearce's side's hard-fought qualification. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

UEFA is expected to impose heavy sanctions later today if their control and disciplinary body find Serbia guilty over a racist chanting charge from the clash with the England Under-21s in October.

The Serbian FA, along with the English FA, also face a charge of failure to control their players in the ugly scenes in Krusevac.

Tempers flared in the aftermath of the 1-0 win for Stuart Pearce's side, which put the team through to next year's European Championships.

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