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English FA challenge Serbs

THE English Football Association last night called in the help of the British government after Serbian police charged England U21 players and staff over the brawl that took place following the game with Serbia on October 16.

The England players and staff have not been named by Serbian police but the FA is taking it seriously and has called for diplomatic help from the government, while asking UEFA to intervene in the dispute.

During the game, there was racial abuse of England's black players, including Danny Rose, who was sent off.

The process in Serbia is that the decision on whether to pursue the charges is not down to the courts, and sources in Serbia said it was unlikely they would be pursued.

The decision by police is thought to have been taken to send a message to those who go to football grounds to cause violence.

The FA said: "We have not been made aware of any of the names of individuals connected with these charges and we therefore await further details and formal communication on these matters."