Uefa delays hearing into Serbia and England Under-21s match
Uefa has postponed a disciplinary hearing on the European Under-21s Championship play-off between Serbia and England until next month to allow for “further investigations”.
Serbia have been charged with racist chanting and both the Serbian and England FAs face charges over the behaviour of players at last month’s second leg.
Uefa said in a statement: “The control and disciplinary body decided to postpone the Under-21s Serbia-England disciplinary case until its next meeting scheduled on Thursday 13 December 2012 to allow for further investigations.”
Danny Rose complained he was racially abused by Serbia fans before, during and after the game. The Serbian federation [FSS] said after the game in the central Serbian city of Krusevac that the England defender had provoked the home fans in an “inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner”.
England, leading 1-0 from the first leg, secured another 1-0 victory with the last kick of the game and fighting broke out between players and officials immediately following the final whistle.
The FSS later suspended players Ognjen Mudrinski and Nikola Ninkovic for a year for their involvement in the melee. The staff members Srdjan Maksimovic and Andreja Milutinovic were also banned from their coaching duties at any level for Serbia for two years after being found guilty of violating the FSS ethics and fair-play code.
England’s 2-0 aggregate win meant they qualified for next year’s European Under-21s Championship in Israel.
From the Guardian