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Serbia, England face charges

2012-10-17 20:02

London - Serbia and England will face disciplinary action over their stormy European Under-21 match which sparked claims of racism and ended with players and fans embroiled in ugly scuffles, UEFA said on Wednesday.

England won the match 1-0 in Krusevac on Tuesday night for a 2-0 aggregate triumph with English defender Danny Rose sent off for kicking the ball away in response to what he said was monkey chanting and physical provocation.

The Serbian Football Federation denied that any racist abuse was hurled at England's players and slammed Rose for "vulgar" behaviour.

"UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against both the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) and England's Football Association (FA) following a number of incidents during and after England's 1-0 win over Serbia," said a UEFA statement.

"Regarding alleged racist chanting, UEFA will instigate proceedings against the FSS over the misconduct of their supporters during and at the end of the match. Proceedings will also be instigated against the FSS for the improper conduct of the Serbia players at the end of the game.

"UEFA will also commence proceedings against the FA for the improper conduct of the England players at the end of the match."

UEFA said the cases will be discussed by the body's control and disciplinary committee on November 22.

AFP