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Serbian FA Fined For Racist Behaviour Of Fans
The Serbian Football Association has been fined £65,000 over the improper conduct of fans involving racist chanting during a match against England's Under-21s.
UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe, also ordered Serbia to play their next Under-21 international fixture behind closed doors, following the violent scenes during and after the game at the Mladost Stadium in Krusevac in October.
But the FA, which complained of the racism to UEFA after the incident, said the sanctions were not tough enough.
FA General Secretary Alex Horne said: "We are disappointed with the sanctions levied by UEFA with regards to the racist behaviour displayed towards England's players.
"Let's be clear, racism is unacceptable in any form, and should play no part in football.
"The scenes were deplorable and we do not believe the sanction sends a strong enough message."
The control and disciplinary body also banned six players for varying terms, including English duo Thomas Ince and Steven Caulker, as well as two Serbian coaches, after ugly scenes marred the end of the European Championship play-off which England won 1-0.
It means defender Caulker will play no part in the ties against Italy and Norway in June next year, while midfielder Ince will miss just the first fixture.
They have three days to lodge an appeal against the decisions.
A charge against the Football Association of failing to control their players was dismissed by UEFA.
Serbian midfielder Goran Causic was handed a four-match ban, teammates Ognjen Mudrinski and Filip Malbasic were suspended for three games, and Nikola Ninkovic for two.
Serbia fitness coach Andreja Milunovic, who attacked England officials, was banned for two years, the second of which has been suspended for three years.
Assistant coach Predrag Katic was also banned for two years, the final six months of which were suspended for three years.
Disciplinary proceedings against Serbian defender Aleksandar Pantic were dismissed.
The FA had reported the racist abuse to UEFA plus a number of other incidents.
Full-back Danny Rose, who was dismissed after the final whistle for kicking the ball away in anger, complained he had been particularly targeted.
He claimed he was subjected to monkey chants throughout the match - and as he left the pitch.
Players from both sides were charged with misconduct after the game and an investigation launched into the incidents.
Mr Horne added: "It is the FA's vehement belief that its players and staff acted correctly in the face of provocation, including racist abuse and missiles being thrown.
"We are therefore surprised to see that two of our players have been given suspensions.
"We shall await UEFA's reasoning but it is our intention, at this stage, to support our players and appeal these decisions."
Head Coach Stuart Pearce said: "I am concerned to see our players suspended by UEFA and we will continue to support them.
"I maintain that our players played no part in the aggression. From what I witnessed our players and staff were forced to protect themselves in the violent scenes that followed the game."
Rose will still face a one-match suspension from UEFA for his sending off after the final whistle.
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What a joke. Points deduction or suspension from competing is the only answer.
Totally pathetic. Basically you can be racist, but be willing to pay a few quid if you are!
uefa are one of the most pathetic, racist organisations on the planet. platini is nothing more than a pathetic little fop. It's a pity that he didn't break his worthless neck when he was playing. England should withdraw from the euros and start a democratic anti-racist organisation and set up a new europe wide competition.
if it was brittish fans me thinks a ban and a bigger fine would be in there..
100 thousand Euro fine for wearing pants sponsored by a bookie. 88 thousand fine for being a racist F.A. Says it all about Football's governing powers