Serbian FA hits back in racism row - and points finger at England's Danny Rose
Last Updated: October 17, 2012 2:46pm
Danny Rose was sent off in England U21s' game against Serbia for kicking the ball away in response to taunts
The Serbian FA has denied that England's U21 players were subjected to any form of racism - and accused Danny Rose of "inappropriate and vulgar" behaviour.
Rose has called on Serbia to be banned after complaining that he was racially abused and hit by missiles during his side's 1-0 win on Tuesday night.
The England defender said he had been subjected to monkey taunts long before the brawl that marred the end of the Euro 2013 play-off, with video evidence seeming to corroborate his claims.
Prime Minister David Cameron joined the Football Association in condeming the night's events and called for "tough sanctions" against Serbia but their FA has hit back, categorically denying any wrongdoing by supporters.
"While most of the English team players celebrated the score, Danny Rose, behaved in inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner towards the supporters on the stands at the stadium in Krusevac, and for that he was shown a red card."
In a statement on its website, the Serbian FA said: "(The) FA of Serbia absolutely rejects and denies that there were any occurrences of racism before and during the match at the stadium in Krusevac.
"Making connection between the seen incident - a fight between members of the two teams - and racism has absolutely no ground and we consider it to be a total malevolence.
"Unfortunately, after the fourth minute of the additional time and the victory goal scored by the guest team, unpleasant scenes were seen on the pitch.
"And while most of the English team players celebrated the score, Danny Rose, behaved in inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner towards the supporters on the stands at the stadium in Krusevac, and for that he was shown a red card."
Rose has urged the sport's governing bodies to take action against Serbia.
He told Sky Sports News: "They have to be banned. I don't understand how else they can learn from it, they have to be banned.
"It started when we went out for the warm-up. I told Wigs (Steve Wigley, assistant manager) what was happening and he told me to try and get through it, that it would be dealt with after the game.
"The fans started with monkey chants and in the second half two stones hit me on the head as I went to get the ball for a throw-in.
"After about 60 minutes, my mind wasn't on the game. I was angry. It was so hard to concentrate that I made a few mistakes.
"When we scored, after 90 minutes' abuse, I obviously expressed my emotions. The next thing I knew, all the Serbian players surrounded me, started pushing me, and then a brawl broke out.
"I remember getting slapped twice and then I got ushered away. That's when I kicked the ball - and the referee sent me off. I don't understand - the game had finished by then but he still sent me off for kicking the ball.
"As I went off again there was monkey chanting, but the monkey chanting started long before I got sent off."
UEFA fined Serbia £16,000 when England defender Nedum Onuoha was racially abused during a U21 European Championship meeting between the sides in 2007.