Wednesday 24 January 2018

UEFA to impose sanctions on Serbia over racism charge

UEFA will today be expected to impose swingeing sanctions if their control and disciplinary body find Serbia guilty over a racist chanting charge.

Two months after ugly scenes marred the England Under-21 team's victory over Serbia in Krusevac to reach next year's European Championship finals, UEFA will finally deliver their verdict.

A hearing should have taken place on November 22, however that was postponed "to allow for further investigations" by UEFA.

The Serbian FA, along with the English Football Association, also face a charge of failure to control their players given the way tempers flared in the aftermath of the 1-0 success for Stuart Pearce's side.

It is the allegation of racial abuse, however, that is the focus of attention, with both sides offering totally disparate views.

Just 90 minutes after the game had ended, the FA made their feelings plain by issuing a statement condemning what they perceived as racism, and reporting a number of incidents to UEFA.

Full-back Danny Rose, who was dismissed after the final whistle for kicking the ball away in anger, complained he had been particularly targeted.

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