UEFA appeal against Serbia sanctions

UEFA boss Michel Platini. Photo: PA

UEFA is to appeal against all the sanctions imposed in relation to the controversial Serbia v England Under-21 play-off in October, including the punishments imposed for racist abuse by Serbian supporters.

Serbia's Under-21 side were ordered to play one match behind closed doors and the national federation were fined £65,000 in relation to the racist behaviour of their supporters during the match at the Mladost Stadium in Krusevac on October 16.

The punishment, imposed by UEFA's independent control and disciplinary panel on December 13, was widely criticised for being too lenient.

"UEFA, via the UEFA disciplinary inspector appointed to the case, has decided to appeal all the sanctions," read a statement on UEFA's official website.