UEFA appeals own ruling for Serbia racism incident

UEFA appeals own ruling for Serbia racism incident

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UEFA appeals own ruling for Serbia racism incident

English defender Danny Rose (R) argues with Serbian footballers after being sent off during an Under-21 match in Krusevac, Serbia. AP photo

UEFA is appealing its own decision to fine Serbia 80,000 euros for the violence and racist abuse in an Under-21 match against England in October.

The initial punishment was criticised for being too lenient by the English FA, while Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand accused European football’s governing body of not taking racism seriously.

But a statement on its official website yesterday announced: “UEFA (...) has decided to appeal all the sanctions (...) relating to incidents which took place at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off second-leg match between Serbia and England on 16 October 2012 at the Mladost Stadium in Krusevac.”

It added: “As per the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, the UEFA disciplinary inspector has the right to open disciplinary investigations and to lodge appeals against decisions taken by the Control and Disciplinary Body. Having reviewed the motivated decisions for the sanctions imposed in this specific case, which have also been provided to all parties, the UEFA disciplinary inspector felt it necessary to immediately confirm his intention to appeal on UEFA’s behalf.”

In chaotic scenes at the game 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.

In addition to the fine, two of Serbia’s coaching staff and four players were handed suspensions while two England players were also banned.