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Oct 17, 2012

FA condemns racism, reports to UEFA

The Football Association says it has reported "a number of incidents of racism" to UEFA after England's Under-21 Euro 2013 qualifier in Serbia was marred by ugly scenes.

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Connor Wickham hit the only goal of the game at the Mladost Stadium in Krusevac as England secured their place in next summer's finals in Israel with a 2-0 aggregate win.

Scuffles involving Serbian supporters, players and other officials broke out after the final whistle, while England's Danny Rose was sent off for reacting angrily to racial abuse.

Rose was pushed in the back as he left the field and gestured to indicate that monkey chants had been aimed at him.

England assistant coach Steve Wigley was also caught up in the trouble and was manhandled as he made his way to the tunnel.

A statement from the FA read: "The FA condemns both the scenes of racism and the confrontation at the final whistle during which time our players and staff were under extreme provocation.

"The FA has reported a number of incidents of racism to UEFA following the fixture.

"These were seemingly aimed at a number of England's black players by the crowd. The matter is now with UEFA."

Head coach Stuart Pearce told BBC Sport: "One or two of the technical staff from the opposition, and I don't include their manager in that, didn't cover themselves in glory on the pitch at the end.

"Punches, headbutts were thrown, and God knows what else. We will let the authorities deal with this at UEFA."

Former England international Paul Ince has called for Serbia to be banned from tournament football.

"It's disgraceful to see these scenes," said the former Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder, whose son Tom featured for England.

Ince admitted he had been worried for the safety of the 20-year-old, who plays for Blackpool.

"When your son's out there it's worrying," he told ESPN. "You could just see if they [England] were to win or go through, it was getting more hostile.

"[Fifia boss] Sepp Blatter and [Uefa chief Michel] Platini need to look at this.

"If it was me they [Serbia] would be kicked out for the next five tournaments - European, World Cups - but they will get a little ban and that will be it. Things like that are not what we want to see in football - it takes it back to the dark ages."

Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle told BBC Radio Five: "You should not have to experience those scenes in this day and age. It was utterly deplorable behaviour.

"It's quite farcical. A guy is racially abused and then he gets punished for containing his reaction to that.

"We saw how the whole debacle progressed into punching, kicking... We saw photos of headbutts going on in the staff. But Danny Rose for kicking a ball away ends up getting himself sent off. This is just wrong.

"UEFA need to make a standpoint here and more importantly FIFA, I feel, because it was a FIFA qualification tournament. The message has to come from the top down that this behaviour will not be tolerated."

A match between the two countries at the 2007 Under-21 European Championship in the Netherlands was marred when England defender Nedum Onuoha was racially abused.

Serbia were fined £16,000 by UEFA after that incident.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report