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Jan 8, 2013

FA to contest Serbia bans

The Football Association has confirmed it will appeal the bans handed to Steven Caulker and Tom Ince for their part in a fracas between Serbian U21 and England U21 players.

The incident took place during an Under-21 play-off match in October which England won 1-0 to secure an aggregate 2-0 win and qualify for the 2013 European Under-21 Championship.

It was a result of racist chanting towards England defender Danny Rose, which saw the on-loan Sunderland player receive a red card for his angry reaction as well as clashes between the management and players of both teams at the final whistle.

Tottenham defender Caulker was given a two-game ban by UEFA and Blackpool winger Ince was suspended for one.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said in December that the FA intended to appeal against the bans.

He said: "It is the FA's vehement belief that its players and staff acted correctly in the face of provocation, including racist abuse and missiles being thrown.

"We are therefore surprised to see that two of our players have been given suspensions. We shall await UEFA's reasoning but it is our intention, at this stage, to support our players and appeal these decisions."

For their part the Serbian Football Association was fined £65,900 while the Serbian Under-21 side will have to play one game behind closed doors.