Steven Gerrard says the events in Serbia have damaged the fight against racism
Last Updated: October 18, 2012 10:58am
Danny Rose: Victim of abuse
England skipper Steven Gerrard believes football's battle to overcome racism is "back to square one" after the scenes in the U21 clash in Serbia.
England U21 player Danny Rose complained of being racially abused before violent scenes broke out at the end of the Euro 2013 play-off game in Krusevac.
Tottenham's Rose, on loan at Sunderland, was sent off for his reaction to what he clearly felt was racist abuse, something the Serbian FA have denied.
UEFA have announced charges against both the Serbian FA and the English, for improper conduct of their players, and against the Serbs for "alleged racist chanting" by fans.
Gerrard, speaking after England's 1-1 draw in Poland said: "The disappointing thing with what happened is it means you are back to square one. We seemed to be making great strides forward to get racism out of our game.
"It is very disappointing but a lot of people above me need to take control of the situation.
"The authorities have to get tough. It is the only solution. No-one else can do anything about it.
"They are the people in control, who can give out massive huge fines and ban people. Why wait? Do it now."