FA 'upset' with UEFA sanction on Serbia for racist chanting during U-21 Euro match
UEFA has been condemned by the Football Association (FA) after fining the Serbian FA just 65,000 pounds for protracted racist chanting during England Under-21s Euro 2013 play-off in Krusevac in October.
Stunned by the paltry financial sanction laid down by UEFA, which is 15,000 less than what was given to Nicklas Bendtner during Euro 2012 for displaying a bookmaker's logo on his underwear, the FA has accused UEFA of failing to send a strong enough message over racism.
The FA also vowed to fight the suspensions handed down to Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker and Blackpool winger Tom Ince following their alleged involvement in ugly post-match scenes.
There had been calls from across the game for firm action against Serbia after black Under-21 players such as Ince, Danny Rose and Marvin Sordell were subjected to monkey chants before and during the game, and a brawl erupted after the final whistle during which England officials were assaulted.
Five Serbian players and technical staff have been suspended as a result of their conduct following the match, including a two-year ban from all football-related activities for fitness coach Andreja Milunovic, who head-butted England goalkeeper coach Martin Thomas.
Serbia U21s will have to play one game behind closed doors.
"We are disappointed with the sanctions levied by Uefa with regards to the racist behaviour displayed towards England's players," the Telegraph quoted FA general secretary Alex Horne, as saying in a statement.
"Let's be clear, racism is unacceptable in any form, and should play no part in football. The scenes were deplorable and we do not believe the sanction sends a strong enough message," he added.