London, Oct 17(ANI): England Under-21 win over Serbia, which ensured their qualification for the 2013 Euro Cup, was a spoiled by a number of racist demeanors by the fans and violent conduct by some of the Serbian officials.
Fans ran on to the pitch and fracas broke out after England won 1-0 in Krusevac to progress 2-0 on aggregate.
England U-21 captain Jordan Henderson has told how players suffered racist abuse and came under attack from missile-throwing Serbian fans after his side qualified for Euro 2013.
England defender Danny Rose, who was sent off after the final whistle in Serbia after kicking a football into the crowd, seemed to indicate he had been racially abused.
“There was a lot of racist abuse out there from the stands and a lot going on after the game. There were also stones, coins and seats getting thrown at us. What happened wasn’t nice and is not called for in football,” the BCC quoted Henderson, as saying.
“As soon as the players were in the tunnel apparently there were issues. The Serbian conditioning coach was apparently jostling and getting his face in England players’ faces. Jack Butland, the England goalkeeper, was peppered throughout the game with various objects thrown from the stands. Stuart Pearce had a seat thrown at him. Then at the end Danny Rose was racially abused,” he added.
The Football Association (FA) has reported a number of racist incidents to the UEFA.
The FA said in a statement it “condemns both the scenes of racism and the confrontation at the final whistle during which time our players and staff were under extreme provocation.” (ANI)