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 to rule on England-Serbia U21's clash

UEFA will hold a disciplinary hearing today where they will decide whether to punish the Serbian football association (FSS) over the alleged racist chanting of fans during their Under-21 European Championship qualifier against England last month.

The FSS and the Football Association are also facing further charges relating to the behaviour of their players at the end of the match in Krusevac.

The verdict is expected around 6pm.

Report: Thomas Ince is England U-21 player charged

Midfielder Tom Ince is one of two England Under-21 players charged by Serbian police, and not defender Tom Lees as earlier reported, the Associated Press have said.

Belgrade's Beta news agency incorrectly named Lees instead of Ince, said AP. Tottenham's Steven Caulker is the other England player who has been charged.

AP's Rob Harris tweeted the change:


Footballer charges to be handed over to British judicial authorities

Serbia will allow violent conduct charges against England Under-21 players Steven Caulker and Thomas Lees and assistant coach Steve Wigley to be dealt with by the British justice system, a source told Reuters.

The source, close to the public prosecutor's office, spoke as the accused players were named for the first time since the mass brawl in the Euro 2013 qualifier in Krusevac on 16 October.

Former FA chief: Government must intervene in Serbia row

The FA's former executive director, David Davies, urged the UK government to take action over the Under-21 football row in Serbia:

There are conversations that need to be had, clearly as a matter of urgency, between the government through the Foreign Office and the FA.

On the football side with Uefa, there is also the issue of what influence does this have on the disciplinary proceedings with Uefa."

Germany, Holland and Spain, for example, are all close allies in Europe.

Their teams can just as easily be drawn to play in Serbia. This is not just an English issue.

– David Davies


Government in Serbia talks after footballers charged

England U-21 player Danny Rose was at the centre of a post-match brawl in Serbia Credit: PA

The British Government is seeking clarity from Serbian officials after police filed criminal charges against two England Under-21 football players over a post-match brawl.

British Embassy officials are in talks with Serbian representatives in Belgrade.

A British government spokesman said: "We are investigating the full details of these charges before considering our response."

The spokesman said they were seeking clarity over the charges and its ramifications.

Two unnamed England players and an assistant coach were among 12 people charged with committing "acts of violence" after the match on 16 October.

FA vows to 'protect' players and coaches

The Football Association said it would protect players and staff involved in a brawl in Serbia, following reports that Serbian police were pressing charges against several England players and coaches for "acts of violence".

The Football Association can confirm it has not received any formal notification of any charges filed by the Serbian authorities.

We have not been made aware of any of the names of individuals connected with these charges and we therefore await further details and formal communication on these matters.

The FA reiterates its position of full support for all players and staff caught up in the appalling scenes in Serbia two weeks ago.

We want to reassure those concerned that we are committed to doing everything necessary to protect them.

– FA statement

Two England officials thought to be among those charged by Serbian police

England U-21 assistant manager Steve Wigley was caught up in the brawl at the end of the playoff. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

A further two officials from England U-21 manager Stuart Pearce's backroom staff are also said to have been charged after the match erupted following the final whistle in Belgrade.

Players and officials from England and Serbia U-21 teams clashed on the pitch after Connor Wickham's late goal secured England's passage to next year's finals.

The unsavoury scenes were played out amid allegations of racist chanting from the stands directed at England Under-21 full-back Danny Rose.

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