HUDDERSFIELD Town boss Simon Grayson and striker James Vaughan have joined the growing criticism of the Serbian FA following their controversial response to the infamous events at Tuesday’s Under 21 clash with England.
All Serbian players and staff involved in the game, which England won 1-0 to clinch a place in next year’s Euro Under 21 finals at the expense of the Eastern European country, have been asked to make formal statements by their own FA after UEFA charged both countries for the improper conduct of their players, and the Serbs for “alleged racist chanting” by fans.
The match in Krusevac was marred by unsavoury scenes at the final whistle with scuffling on the pitch amid accusations of racism from the stands towards England left-back Danny Rose.
Having claimed a connection between the on-pitch scuffles and racism had “absolutely no ground” and blamed Rose for the clashes because of “inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar” behaviour, the Serbian governing body announced they would “officially request statements from all the players and members of the professional staff of the Under 21 national team”, with UEFA due to deal with the case at a meeting of their control and disciplinary body on November 22.
The English FA have already sent UEFA a full dossier of evidence, including video footage, and a catalogue of incidents reported to match officials during and after the game.
Grayson joined the growing number urging for the Serbs to be banned from UEFA competitions, saying: “What happened over there was a disgrace, and for the Serbian FA to come out and say what they have when there is clear evidence of what went on makes it even worse.
“That kind of racist abuse can’t be allowed to happen and is not what football needs.
“A fine is not a deterrent, but a ban would be.”