Serbia deny racism

Serbia's FA allege that England's Danny Rose behaved in an 'unsportsmanlike' manner

Serbia's FA allege that England's Danny Rose behaved in an 'unsportsmanlike' manner

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The Serbian FA have denied there were any racist chants before and during the England Under-21 match in Krusevac and said Danny Rose behaved in an "inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner" towards their fans.

Rose had earlier called for Serbia to be banned after complaining of racial abuse and being hit by missiles during his side's 1-0 win on Tuesday. The England defender said he had been subjected to monkey taunts long before the violent and chaotic scenes which marred the end of the Euro 2013 play-off.

In a statement on its website, the Serbian FA said: "(The) FA of Serbia absolutely refuses (sic) and denies that there were any occurrences of racism before and during the match at the stadium in Krusevac."

The statement continued: "Making connection between the seen incident - a fight between members of the two teams - and racism has absolutely no ground and we consider it to be a total malevolence. Unfortunately, after the fourth minute of the additional time and the victory goal scored by the guest team, unpleasant scenes were seen on the pitch.

"And while most of the English team players celebrated the score, their player number three, Danny Rose, behaved in inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner towards the supporters on the stands at the stadium in Krusevac, and for that he was shown a red card."

The Football Association reported "a number of incidents of racism" to European governing body UEFA after the match.

Rose was sent off after the final whistle for kicking a ball in anger in response to provocation as scuffles broke out involving Serbian supporters, players and other officials.

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 sent me off. I don't understand, the game had finished by then but he still sent me off for kicking the ball.

"As I went off again there was monkey chanting, but the monkey chanting started long before I got sent off. After 60 minutes my head wasn't really on the game. They have to be banned. I don't understand how else they can learn from it, they have to be banned.''

The Serbian FA maintains they made the England fans and team feel welcome throughout the duration of their stay in the country but following the brawl in the final stages they will now launch an internal investigation.

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