EURO 2020 In Belgrade?

On the meeting held in Lausanne, UEFA made a revolutionary decision to organize EURO 2020 in several cities across the old continent. That way, for the first time in history, more than two counties will host the European Championship in the year 2020.

This revolutionary idea was proposed by UEFA president Michel Platini.

Known for his “soft” attitude towards less wealthy football states, this could mean that the some of the possible cities to host EURO 2020 could also be Belgrade, Zagreb or Sarajevo.

Only opponent to this idea was the vice president of Turkish football union, Senes Erzik, since he wanted for his country to host the championship alone.

UEFA has already suggested for the final EURO 2020 match to be played at Wembley stadium. Countries and cities that will host the 24 national teams will be known in the spring of 2014.

Charges Against Both Sides For Incident In Krusevac

Police in the south Serbian town of Krusevac have filed criminal charges against 12 individuals suspected of being involved in violence that erupted during a match between Under-21 national teams of Serbia and England.

Criminal charges have been filed against five U21 team members from Serbia, two of their colleagues from England and assistant coaches of both teams. However, the police have not named the suspects.

Charges have also been filed against three fans who allegedly used pyrotechnics on the northern stands of the Youth stadium in Krusevac.

The second leg of 2013 European Championship qualifier between England and Serbia was played in Krusevac on October 16. England won 1:0 qualifying for the final tournament, which is to be held in Israel next year.

The game ended in mass brawl between players and coaches of both teams. England’s U21 Danny Rose was shown a red card, as well as Serbia’s Captain, Slobodan Medojevic.

Serbian Football Association has already issued sanctions for the incident. U21s Nikola Ninkovic and Ognjen Mudrinski have been banned from playing for national teams on all levels for a year while two year bans were issued against a U21 goalkeeper’s coach, Srdjan Maksimovic, and fitness coach, Andreja Milutinovic.

Serbian Football Referees Return To The Top

The most prominent Serbian football referee, Milorad Mazic, has been calling the shots at the latest UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Braga, played at Old Trafford last night, October 23.

Aided by his assistants, Milovan Ristic and Igor Radojcic, he resolved several disputes and difficult situations with the utmost precision and professionalism.

After Braga’s two goals to nil lead, Mazic kept a large number of contacts between players under control. His timely reactions maintained a high level of sportsmanship throughout the game. Since he showed as few as two yellow cards during such an important match, it is obvious Mazic preserved his authority among both teams throughout the game.

Milorad Mazic opened this Champions League season by refereeing the match between Barcelona and Moscow Spartak.

Milorad Mazic became a FIFA referee in 2009. He is a UEFA Elite Development Category ref after having been a Category 1 referee for two years.

He is one of 52 international referees who have been preselected by the FIFA to referee the games of the 2012 World Cup.

Genoa Rerun In Krusevac

The UEFA President, Michel Platini, has said Serbia could face severe penalties for racial abuse of England’s Under-21 football team members during and after a match in Serbia last week.

English Football Association, along with British Prime minister and minister of sport, asked for tough sanctions against Serbian Football Association after Under-21 English team player, Danny Rose, complained of being subjected to racial abuse by fans and slapped by Serbian players in the southern town of Krusevac, on October 16.

Prior to the controversial game with Serbia, manager of England’s Under-21 national football team, Stuart Pearce, reminded of former England’s player Nedum Onuoha who was racially abused by Serbian fans in 2007.

Three years later, football riots occurred in Genoa following the incident on the stands involving Serbian fan, Ivan Bodganov, who greeted players of Serbia and Italy with the Nazi salute. FIFA subsequently sanctioned Serbia by stripping its national football team of points.

Michel Platini is announcing possible UEFA sanctions.

„More than a year ago, we showed yellow cards to Serbia and Croatia, reacting to incidents caused by fans. We are yet to see the decision of the UEFA disciplinary committee in this case. We are about to receive reports on the match from our delegates and different officials. We also have a video recording of the incident. Our disciplinary committee will deal with all the evidence”, Platini said.

Uefa Charges Both Serbia And England

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.

Football Violence Erupts In Krusevac

Under-21 national team of Serbia failed to qualify for the next European Championship after losing to England’s team at a match in the southern town of Krusevac, which ended in violence between players, football officials and the fans.

England confirmed last week’s victory in Norwich in the 94th minute when Connor Wickham scored an almost unexpected goal that spurred the whole pitch and the stands on the stadium into violence.

England Under-21 captain Jordan Henderson has told how players suffered racist abuse and came under attack from missile-throwing Serbian fans after his side qualified for Euro 2013.

Fans ran on to the pitch and scuffles broke out after England won 1:0 in Krusevac to progress 2:0 on aggregate.

English Football Association has reported “a number” of racist incidents to UEFA.

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”.

Serbian Under-21 coach, Aleksandar Jankovic, declined to apologize for the incidents saying, “It takes two to have a fight”.

In 2007 the Serbian Football Federation was fined £16,000 at the Under-21 European Championship in Netherlands after their supporters racially abused England’s Nedum Onouha.

Former England player, Paul Ince, has called for Serbia to be banned from tournament football.