FA chief Alex Horne has demanded UEFA impose tough sanctions on Serbia
Last Updated: October 17, 2012 7:23pm
FA: Want action taken over events in Serbia
Football Association general secretary Alex Horne has called on UEFA to take the 'strongest possible action' over the ugly scenes at the end of England U21's clash in Serbia.
The aftermath of the victory for Stuart Pearce's side was scarred by a mass confrontation, with players from both sides clashing on the pitch.
England's Danny Rose was sent off for his reaction to what he clearly felt was racist abuse and although the Serbians have denied those claims, Horne says anyone found guilty of violence or racist abuse should face stiff sanctions.
"No football team should be asked to play in any environment where racial abuse, violence and threatening behaviour is prevalent. We must question the validity of sending a team to Serbia in the future."
And the FA official also hinted that England could boycott future games in Serbia if they feel UEFA has not properly addressed the issues.
"We were shocked and appalled by the disgraceful events that occurred in Serbia last night. Our players and staff were subjected to racial abuse, violence as well as missiles being thrown at them throughout the match. What occurred is inexcusable and not acceptable.
"We call on UEFA to take the strongest possible action against the Serbian FA, their supporters and anyone found guilty of being involved in the numerous instances of violence and abuse.
"We have also been in contact with UEFA's senior executives to express our
deep concern at this matter. It is also clear that we must defend Danny Rose, who was sent off due to the frustration of being a target of racial abuse.
"FA officials made UEFA officials aware of racist abuse from sections of the crowd aimed at a number of England's black players at half-time on Tuesday evening.
"This matter was discussed again during a meeting with UEFA after those
disgraceful scenes which followed the final whistle. No football team should be asked to play in any environment where racial abuse, violence and threatening behaviour is prevalent. We must question the validity of sending a team to Serbia in the future."
Horne's comments were echoed by Adrian Bevington - managing director of Club England.
"The scenes that took place last night go beyond any kind of behaviour that is unacceptable in football," Bevington told TalkSPORT.
"It is absolutely disgraceful what happened last night, on numerous fronts. The racism that our players incurred was disgusting.
"Danny Rose was sent off for kicking a ball off the pitch for a second yellow card, when in fact he's had to put up with racial abuse during the course of that game.
"We have got our lawyers compiling an extensive report on all of the reports that we've received back from our members our staff and from our security people and individuals in the team and we will submit that to UEFA at 4 o'clock today. From there we will have to see where we move forward.
"This is an extremely serious incident and I don't think it can be something looked at in normal circumstances - missiles being thrown, racial abuse and deplorable violence towards members of our coaching staff.
"These are as serious incidents as I've seen on the pitch and we would call on UEFA to take as serious action as they possibly can."