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Serbian police charge England Under-21 pair after brawl

2012-10-31 00:34:17

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Serbian police have filed criminal charges against 12 people, including two England Under-21 players, following a Euro 2013 play-off match last month.

The charges relate to the brawl which followed England's 1-0 win over Serbia in Krusevac on 16 October.

No names have been released but five Serbia players and assistant coaches from both teams have also been charged.

England's Danny Rose, sent off as the match ended, said he was subjected to racist chants from the crowd.

Police in the town of Krusevac said those charged had "committed an act of violence during a sports event".

Three supporters were also charged for using pyrotechnics on the northern side of the Mladost stadium.

The Football Association said it had not received any formal notification of any charges filed by the Serbian authorities.

In a statement the FA said: "We have not been made aware of any of the names of individuals connected with these charges and we therefore await further details and formal communication on these matters.

"Meanwhile we are in contact with the British Government for advice, as well as speaking with our colleagues at Uefa.

"The FA reiterates its position of full support for all players and staff caught up in the appalling scenes in Serbia two weeks ago.

"We want to reassure those concerned that we are committed to doing everything necessary to protect them whilst also offering support to individuals and their families."

Uefa has charged both teams over the conduct of players and the cases will be heard at a meeting of their control and disciplinary body on 22 November.

The Serbian Football Association banned two players - Nikola Ninkovic, 17 and Ognjen Mudrinski, 20 - for a year for their involvement.

Goalkeeping coach Srdjan Maksimovic and conditioning coach Andreja Milutinovic were given two-year bans for their part in the disturbances.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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