FA ponder Serbia allegation response

The Football Association and the Government will await further developments from Serbian authorities before deciding how to respond to charges against two England Under-21 players and a coach.

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Serbian police have submitted charges against two unnamed members of the side and one of the backroom team following their stormy Euro 2013 qualifier in Krusevac earlier this month.

The match against Serbia on October 16 was marred by allegations of racist chanting towards England players and by violent scuffles after the final whistle.

The police charges are now being considered by authorities in Serbia.

A British government spokesman said: "Serbian police have announced that they have submitted charges against two England players and an assistant coach to the public prosecutor following an incident at the England-Serbia under-21 football match in Serbia this month.

"We are investigating the full details of these charges before considering our response."

The spokesman added they were seeking clarity over the charges and their ramifications.

The FA have nothing to add beyond a statement issued on Tuesday when reports of the police charges first emerged.

They said they had not been informed of the names of the individuals concerned and were awaiting formal communication.

Their statement added: "We are in contact with the British Government for advice, as well as speaking with our colleagues at UEFA."

European governing body UEFA have said the police action will not affect their own investigation.

UEFA launched disciplinary proceedings in the aftermath of the match, charging the FA over the behaviour of their players and their Serbian counterparts (FSS) with the same and for the alleged racist chanting.

A UEFA spokesperson said: "UEFA's control and disciplinary body will meet on November 22 to deal with this case and take a decision.

"The police charges/investigation are independent from us and do not impact the sporting disciplinary proceedings."

Players and officials from both sides clashed after the match in chaotic scenes following an injury-time goal from Connor Wickham which secured a 1-0 win and passage to the finals in Israel 2-0 on aggregate.

Missiles were thrown onto the pitch as England celebrated and the scenes quickly turned even uglier as Serbian players reacted angrily.

The FSS came down heavily on this matter, handing lengthy bans to two players and two officials for their part in the confrontations.

Ognjen Mudrinski and Nikola Ninkovic were given one-year suspensions while coaches Srdjan Maksimovic and Andreja Milutinovic were handed two-year bans.

This trouble came on a night when England also alleged some of their black players had been the subject of racial abuse from the stands throughout the game.

Danny Rose felt he had been particularly targeted and the full-back was sent off after the final whistle for kicking a ball away in anger amid the chaos.

Racist chanting was not acknowledged by the FSS who also claimed Rose had acted in an "inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner" towards their fans.



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