'Swift action' praised in Serbia
Kick It Out chair Lord Herman Ouseley has supported The FA’s ‘swift action’ following the events which occurred during England under-21s qualifying match in Serbia tonight (16 October).
He said: “First and foremost, the thoughts of everybody at Kick It Out are with the England under-21 players and coaching staff, and our colleagues at The FA, in Serbia.
“These are ambassadors for our game and to see them treated like this is a disgrace. Tonight’s events must be acted upon and the campaign praises The FA for taking swift action in reporting a number of racist incidents to UEFA.
“It is now down to UEFA as the regulatory body governing this fixture to investigate the matter fully, and is an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to ensuring incidents like this don’t happen again.”
The FA said in a statement it “condemns both the scenes of racism and the confrontation at the final whistle during which time our players and staff were under extreme provocation”.
It added: “The FA has reported a number of incidents of racism to UEFA following the fixture. These were seemingly aimed at a number of England black players by the crowd. The matter is now with UEFA.”