13 Dec 2012

Uefa ban for England and Serbia players

Players from the England and Serbia under-21 teams are banned after ugly scenes at the end of an England-Serbia international in Krusevac in October.

Uefa will be suspending six players for varying terms, including England player Steven Caulker for two Uefa national team competition matches and Thomas Ince for one. A Uefa statement explained that an appeal may be lodged against these decisions within three days of the dispatch of the decision.

Serbia’s U21s must play their next Uefa competition home game behind closed doors as a result of the “improper conduct of its supporters during and at the end of the match,” Uefa has ruled.

On-pitch violence and racist chanting from the crowd disrupted the Euro 2013 play-off, with English defender Danny Rose sent off after the final whistle, complaining of monkey chants from the fans.

‘Unsportsmanlike and vulgar’

Danny Rose had alleged that he was slapped twice before he received the red card, but the Serbian FA denied there had bee any racist chanting from the crowd, calling his behaviour “unsportsmanlike and vulgar”.

The violent scences came after Connor Wickham’s injury-time strike, clinching a 2-0 aggregate win. England’s celebration was met with missiles from the crowd and scuffles on the pitch.

Uefa will now suspend Serbia’s fitness coach Andreja Milunovic and assistant coach Predrag Katic from all football-related activities for two years along.

Serbia player Goran Causic is suspended for four national matches, Filip Malbasic and Ognjen Mudrinski for three, and Nikola Ninkovic for two.