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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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Cameron urged tough sanctions if UEFA finds Serbia guilty

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.

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