The Football Association and the Ferdinand brothers led a wave of angry reaction tonight to UEFA's fine for Serbia.
There can little doubt over whether Serbia should and will be punished; but it is the level of punishment from UEFA that is important.
UEFA has announced it is to instigate proceedings against England and Serbia following the side's U21's match on Tuesday night.
A health official in Serbia says a man has shot and killed 13 people, including six women and one child, the Associated Press report.
– UEFA statement
Having reviewed the motivated decisions for the sanctions imposed in this specific case... the UEFA disciplinary inspector felt it necessary to immediately confirm his intention to appeal on UEFA's behalf.
The English FA criticised UEFA for not sending a "strong enough message" on racism after the Serbia FA was fined 80,000 euros ($104,700) by UEFA and told it must stage its next Under-21 home match behind closed doors.
Its players and fans were found guilty of improper conduct over a brawl that followed Serbia's Under-21 match against England in October, amid accusations that some England players had suffered racial abuse.
UEFA has the right to appeal against decisions made by its own disciplinary committee and to ask for tougher sanctions if it considers they are too lenient.
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.
The chairman of the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign Lord Herman Ouseley has told ITV News that Serbia "should have been thrown out" of the U-21 European Championship tournament to ensure racist chanting does not happen again.
Former Arsenal footballer and PFA Coach Educator Paul Davis has told ITV News that "for far too long we've had a lot of talking (about tackling racism) but not a great deal of action."
Today Serbia were fined €80,000 (£64,955) and their Under-21 team will play one match behind closed doors after racist chanting of fans at their U-21 European Championship qualifier against England.
England players have responded negatively to UEFA's punishment of the Serbian FA over racist chants from its fans:
Uefa are not serious at all on racism. Fines do not work at all. They have zero impact on federations/clubs/fans/players. #fact
Uefa need to talk to this generation.....they don't seem to be up to date on this issue?? Harsh punishments needed as a deterrent #simple
I see UEFA have made a mockery once again of racism in football,absolute joke, bet it would’ve been different if it was the other way round!
The FA has responded to UEFA 's punishment over England's U-21 match against Serbia:
We are disappointed with the sanctions levied by UEFA with regards to the racist behaviour displayed towards England’s players.
Let’s be clear, racism is unacceptable in any form, and should play no part in football.
The scenes were deplorable and we do not believe the sanction sends a strong enough message.
– FA General Secretary Alex Horne
It is The FA’s vehement belief that its players and staff acted correctly in the face of provocation, including racist abuse and missiles being thrown.
We are therefore surprised to see that two of our players have been given suspensions.
We shall await UEFA’s reasoning but it is our intention, at this stage, to support our players and appeal these decisions.
How Serbia's €80,000 (£64,946) fine compares to other UEFA punishments:
- June 2012: Niklas Bendtner fined £80,000 for displaying bookmaker's logo on his underwear during game
- June 2009: Chelsea fined £85,000 for failure to control players and fans
- March 2012: Arsenal manager fined £33,000 for confronting match referee
- June 2012: Russia fined £24,000 and Spain fined £16,137 for fans' behaviour at Euro 2012