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Rose urges UEFA to ban Serbia after racist abuse

ESPN staff
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Danny Rose has urged UEFA to take action against Serbia after claiming he was a victim of racist abuse during England Under-21s' victory in Krusevac.

Stuart Pearce's side booked their place at Euro 2013 after claiming a late 1-0 win, but there was an ugly brawl at full-time, and Pearce confirmed they would be making an official complaint to UEFA after some of his players were racially abused.

Players appeared to be pelted with missiles after Connor Wickham struck in injury time of the second leg to book England's trip to next summer's finals in Israel. Rose was sent off after the final whistle for kicking the ball away after a brawl had broken out following Wickham's late goal.

And the Sunderland defender, who is on loan from Tottenham, has urged UEFA to take Serbia to book after claiming he endured racist abuse for 90 minutes inside Mladost Stadium.

"Every time I touched the ball they were doing monkey chanting," Rose told Sky Sports News. "After 60 minutes my mind wasn't really on the game after that, I was just so angry it was so hard to concentrate.

"After 90 minutes' worth of abuse I just expressed my emotions as soon as we scored. And the next thing I know, I turn around and all the Serbia players have all run over and surrounded me, all pushing me and a brawl broke out.

"I just remember being slapped twice and then I got ushered away and 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 was walking off again there was monkey chanting, but the monkey chanting started long before I got sent off. As I said 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."

Meanwhile, Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) chairman Clarke Carlisle has echoed Rose's sentiments and called for Serbia to be handed a "significant" international ban. Carlisle, who witnessed the scenes from the ESPN studio, said a hefty ban was the only way to force Serbia to address the issue.

"You should not have to experience those scenes in this day and age. It was utterly deplorable behaviour," Carlisle told BBC Radio 5Live. "It's quite farcical. A guy is racially abused and then he gets punished for containing his reaction to that.

"UEFA need to make a standpoint here and more importantly FIFA, I feel, because it was a FIFA qualification tournament. The message has to come from the top down that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

"It's immaterial where it is, who the perpetrators are. What's material is that the governing bodies lay down extremely harsh sanctions so that they deter countries and people from acting in this way.

"I believe Serbia should be banned because it's a repeat offence. Banning them for a start, from any tournament, would be progress but I think if it's significant - if it's a couple of tournaments - then that would cause that nation to address the issue that has deprived them of international competition."

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