Uefa has charged the Football Associations of England and Serbia in the wake of Tuesday’s incidents during and after the Under-21 match in the southern Serbian town of Krusevac.
The Serbian FA has been charged with alleged racist chanting by fans and both associations over the behaviour of players at the end of the game.
A Uefa statement reads: “Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against both the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) and England’s Football Association (FA) following a number of incidents during and after England’s 1:0 win over Serbia in the 2013 Uefa European Under-21 Championship play-off second leg at the Mladost stadium in Krusevac on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.”
The cases will be discussed at the next ordinary hearing of the Uefa Control and Disciplinary Body on November 22.
Earlier, Downing Street issued a statement saying British Prime Minister David Cameron was “appalled” by the fracas at the end of England’s Under-21 football match with Serbia. Primer Minister Cameron called on Uefa to impose “tough sanctions” if British allegations of racial abuse by Serbian football fans were to be proven.
British Sports Minister, Hugh Robertson, has written to the president of Uefa, Michel Platini, urging him to investigate the incident.
“The really important thing is that this is the time to have no more derisory fines, no more punishments that send out the wrong message,” Robertson said.
The English side claims that monkey sounds were hurled at their player Danny Rose by Serbian fans each time he approached the out line.
At the end of the match, Rose retaliated by kicking the ball into the stands after the England’s winning goal – the move that earned him a red card and provoked Serbian players to surround him. Rose claims they slapped him twice.
The coach of the English Under-21 national team, Stuart Pearce, has said he was approached by a high official of the Serbian Football Association, Savo Milosevic, after the game. Pearce says the former Serbian national team captain offered his apologies for the incidents.