Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thomas Ince and Steven Caulker banned by UEFA over incidents that took place during England Under-21s' win over Serbia in October.


Abuse: Danny Rose claims to have been subjected to monkey chants
Danny Rose claimed to have been subjected to monkey chants
Tottenham defender Caulker was hit with a two-match international suspension whilst Black pool winger Ince gets one match  ban by UEFA; UEFA has also ordered Serbia to play their next competitive under-21 match behind closed doors, two of their coaches are suspended for two years and Serbia’s governing body have also been fined £65,900. In addition, four Serbian players have been banned, Goran Caušic suspended for four UEFA national team competition matches, Ognjen Mudrinski suspended for three UEFA national team competition matches, Filip Malbašic suspended for three UEFA national team competition matche and Nikola Ninkovic suspended for two UEFA national team competition matches
The incident occurred in Krusevac on 16 October after the final whistle as the Young Lions beat the Serbian U21 side 1-0 in a Euro qualifier to progress 2-0 on aggregate. Danny Rose was shown a second yellow and consequent red card after he kicked the ball into the crowd at the final whistle indicating he had been racially abused and this sparked a mass brawl that involved most players as well as officials. Following the fixture, the FA reported a number of incidents of racism to UEFA. These were seemingly aimed at a number of England black players by the crowd. England assistant coach Steve Wigley was manhandled by opposition players and staff after the game.
The FA has since voiced their view over on the decision by UEFA: FA general secretary Alex Horne said: 'We are disappointed with the sanctions levied by UEFA with regards to the racist behaviour displayed towards England's players. ‘Racism is unacceptable in any form, and should play no part in football. The scenes were deplorable and we do not believe the sanction sends a strong enough message.' He also stated, "We shall await UEFA’s reasoning but it is our intention, at this stage, to support our players and appeal these decisions.

Anger: Rose reacts to the racist taunts
England celebrate Connor Wickham's winner in Serbia.
Flashpoint: England striker Marvin Sordell in the tunnel