Serbia U21 coach feels no need to apologise for scenes at end of England game

By Jure Bohoric.   Last Updated: 17/10/12 2:40pm

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England and Serbia players and coaches clashed at the final whistle

England and Serbia players and coaches clashed at the final whistle

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Serbia's U21 coach Aleksandar Jankovic has refused to apologise for the scenes which marred the end of their clash with England.

Stuart Pearce's Young Lions booked their place at the 2013 European Championship on Tuesday with a 1-0 win in Krusevac, wrapping up a 2-0 aggregate success, but their achievement was overshadowed by events at the final whistle.

Missiles rained down from the stands, players and coaching staff from both sides clashed by the tunnel area and England defender Danny Rose was subjected to racist abuse from the stands.

The Football Association has confirmed that it will be reporting the matter to UEFA, but Serbia claim both sides have to take responsibility for what went on.

"I do not see any reason to apologise for what happened," Jankovic told Mondo.

"You know that you need two sides to have a fight, not just one.

"I did not see exactly what happened, but I repeat that you need two sides to fight.

"The match? England deserve to be at the finals, so I congratulate them on that."

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