Ferdinand hits out at UEFA

2012-12-13 20:54

Lausanne - Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand accused UEFA of not taking racism seriously after Serbia was fined €80 000 following an under-21 match in which England players claimed they were racially abused.

Serbia was fined, two coaches, as well as four players, suspended and the team ordered to play their next game behind closed doors following a chaotic European under-21 qualifier in Krusevac.

England defender Danny Rose was sent off for kicking the ball away in response to what he said was monkey chanting and physical provocation.

Scuffles also broke out between players, coaches and supporters at the end of the match.

"uefa are not serious at all on racism. Fines do not work at all. They have zero impact on federations/clubs/fans/players. #fact," Ferdinand wrote on Twitter.

"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."

Ferdinand has made no secret of his desire to see tougher sanctions to combat racism in soccer.

His brother Anton was racially abused by John Terry in a match last year and although the Chelsea captain was given a four-game ban, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) and Football Association (FA) came in for severe criticism.

"UEFA has ordered the Serbian Under-21 national team to play their next competition home match behind closed doors, following a number of incidents that occurred during and after the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship playoff second-leg match against England at the Mladost Stadium in Krusevac on 16 October," said a UEFA statement on Thursday.

"The Football Association of Serbia (FSS) has also been fined €80 000."

Serbia fitness coach Andreja Milunovic and assistant coach Predrag Katic were both banned from all football-related activities for two years.

Players Goran Causic (banned for four matches), Ognjen Mudrinski (three matches), Filip Malbasic (three matches) and Nikola Ninkovic (two matches) were also punished.

Disciplinary proceedings against Aleksandar Pantic were dismissed.

England's Steven Caulker (two matches) and Thomas Ince (one match) were also suspended.


  • james.strawson.9 - 2012-12-13 21:07

    Maybe UEFA is tired of his insecurity, whenever he opens his mouth hes crying about racism!

      brendon.greeff - 2012-12-14 03:08

      Soccer is proof of how racist Europeans are. I recently met a frenchman who is a chief engineer of a telecoms ship which is currently in Cape Town. He told me that he wanted to "meet" black women while he is in SA, as interracial relationships are frowned upon in France. He said his family would be embarrassed if he had a black girlfriend. - 2012-12-14 09:19

      Black pudding is huge in the UK. lol

  • - 2012-12-13 23:32

    Same league as Balotelli = sad.

  • Daniel Nunes - 2012-12-14 07:46

    The problem with Racism in England isnt that its in soccer there, its that it ends up being used as an excuse and attention getter everyday there in football. If youre not happy, come to your native Africa. you'll miss 'racism' after a day...idiots!!!

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-12-14 13:59

      Sure, and let's send whites back to Europe and Asians back to Asia. And keep everyone in a state of 'seperate development' or apartheid as you seem to yearn for. Twat!

      Daniel Nunes - 2012-12-14 17:03

      Its not me complaining about racism towards me everyday, maybe it runs in the ferdinand family...they want more hand outs. fat dummy.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-12-14 14:02

    Ferdinand is merely tweeting his thoughts. I am sure that many other footballers also do. It is the media giving his tweets exposure that is causing all of the controversy. Seems that they are reading his tweets everyday looking for a nice juicy controversial headline. Not very good investigative journalism, is it?

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