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.
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.