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Uefa Charges England Over U21s Racism Row
Uefa has begun disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association and the Serbian FA over scuffles after the England under-21 match in Krusevac on Tuesday.
Both associations have been charged over the behaviour of their players at the end of the stormy encounter, which saw scuffles on the pitch after the final whistle.
The Serbian FA has also been charged with alleged racist chanting by fans during the game.
In a statement, Uefa said: "Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against both the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) and England's Football Association (FA) following a number of incidents during and after England's 1-0 win over Serbia in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off second leg at the Mladost stadium in Krusevac on Tuesday 16 October 2012.
"Regarding alleged racist chanting, Uefa will instigate proceedings against the FSS over the misconduct of their supporters during and at the end of the match.
"Proceedings will also be instigated against the FSS for the improper conduct of the Serbia players at the end of the match.
"Uefa will also commence proceedings against the FA for the improper conduct of the England players at the end of the match.
"These cases will be discussed on the occasion of the next ordinary hearing of the Uefa Control & Disciplinary Body on Novmber 22."
It comes after Fifa president Sepp Blatter called for discrimination to be "eradicated" from football following apparent monkey chants by Serbian fans during the game.
He tweeted: "Saddened every time I hear about racist incidents in football."
The Serbian FA has denied the allegations of racist chanting during the playoff, which England won 1-0 to go through to the European Championship finals next year.
It claims England player Danny Rose behaved in a "vulgar" manner towards its supporters. Rose was sent off after the match was over when he kicked a ball into the crowd.
Monkey chants are clearly audible in the amateur footage of the scuffles that broke out following England's winning goal.
Rose told Sky Sports News: "I remember getting slapped twice and then I got ushered away. That's when I kicked the ball and the referee's sent me off.
"As I was walking off there was monkey chanting - but the monkey chanting started long before I got sent off."
There were also reports of stones, coins and seats being thrown at England's players.
FA general secretary Alex Horne said: "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."