The appalling images from the Under-21 European Championship qualifier between Serbia and England shocked the world, highlighting the deeply-entrenched racist beliefs from certain sections of the Eastern European country.

All of those who saw the highly distressing scenes will know it was not the actions of a minority, but sections of the whole stadium making ugly monkey chants and rude gestures to England’s black players.

The sheer injustice concerning the fallout from the match was there to see, with Danny Rose being sent off at full time despite being the victim of serious racial abuse and merely showing his frustration at the final whistle.

The brawl was equally unsavoury with players, coaches and officials being caught up in the melee; something which saw both sides charged.

Serbia are now fixating on this brawl and have since outrageously claimed that there was no racist chanting in the stadium, despite ample evidence to the contrary.

Serbian senior team coach and former player, Sinisa Mihajlovic, has recently made the vomit-inducing comments that his country will receive a greater punishment than England as they are a “small fish” in comparison.

Mihajlovic is ignoring the issue of racism, but that is hardly surprising considering he was once found guilty of racially abusing former Arsenal captain Patrick Viera in his playing days.

These comments display the man’s ignorance, with UEFA taking a very lenient stance against Serbia in the past; especially after Nedum Onuoha and Justin Hoyte were the victims of racist abuse when the two sides met in 2007. The result was a paltry £16,000 fine for the Serbian FA.

UEFA have since intimated that another fine would not work after unsurprisingly not having the desired impact last time; and Michel Platini indicated that harsher measures will be used.

It would be nice to have faith in Platini’s statement, although one could be forgiven for being sceptical as UEFA deem branding of an unauthorised sponsor as a more serious offence than racism; demonstrated by Nicklas Bendtner brandishing the Paddy Power logo on his boxers after celebrating a goal at Euro 2012.

The only option for UEFA and to show they are serious about tackling racism in the game is to ban Serbia from all international competitions for the foreseeable future; thereby forcing them to get their act together before gracing the world stage.

Racism is a cancer that is destroying football in the country; and the nation’s morally upstanding football fans will surely be appalled by the scenes in Krusevac.

It is time for Platini and UEFA’s big wigs to stand up and be counted.

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  • alex
    1 year ago

    james you are obviously dumb thats a fact…wanting to talk about something that has been all ready talked about and you just took other peoples comments and reworded them and used them as your own to cover up your lack of ideas… and even though I know my comments will be removed I still want to leave them. Serbs are not racist and never will be, but england on the other hand your whole damn country was built on racisum.. there is 0 proof of dani rose being abused because of the color of his skin… and you will see that by the reports that UEFA is prepering. On the other hand in the last month we have seen lots of reports coming out of england. ManU vs Chels times 2 lol and your own captain was accused and proven guilty of racism lol. Ps Mihajlovic was accused of racism when he played but thats only because he was called a jipsy :). PS its funny in serbia there is no money so its hard to fight against a few ignorent people that do live there and I can agree with that but in england since you consider your selves light years ahead of us and that may be true when it comes to money but skill level we a small nation of 7 million put you to shame… think if we had the money.

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  • Thedude
    1 year ago

    Ive watched like 8 videos of it, there were no monkey chants

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  • Austin
    1 year ago

    Wow – the pot calling the kettle black. No pun intended! Where does anyone from England have the moral decency to judge anyone else about racism? This is an empire built and financed by enslaving other societies and people. Who exactly did Serbia enslave? No one – ever!!

    Now let’s get back to English football, was that your national team captain on the sidelines calling out his running mates brother with a derogatory term? Was that an EPL ref calling an African player by a racist name? What about the drunken fan who punched out a keeper on the field? Let’s not forget the moron who was making monkey signs during the Chelsea/Man U game. Did that guy make Danny Rose go ballistic and act like a jackass to incite a riot?
    If you kick Serbia out, you better do it after the FA gets the boot.

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  • James-Hilsum
    1 year ago

    How can you all say there was no racist abuse?! It was clearly audible in all the video footage. The fact Serbia are fixating on the brawl and denying they have a problem with racism is disgraceful. Yes England do have problems with racism, but at least we recognise this fact and are trying to do something about it. Meanwhile, Rose would not have gone ballistic without provocation. I would have had a lot more respect for the Serbian FA if they had come out and said they had a problem with racism, but they didn’t. Sorry Alex if I agree with many people and believe what went on in that match was disgraceful.

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    • george
      1 year ago

      Your making a mountain out of a mole hill. Yes, disgraceful on both ends, but ban them for the forseeable future?? Are you saying that Serbians are racists? or anymore racist that England? Serbia has as much a problem as racism as you do. Not nearly as big as the US or England. If the EPL is recognizing it’s racial issues then why are they recurring????Give me a break!!!!!Austin said it best..can’t argue with his logic

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    • Ivy
      1 year ago

      @ George, Let’s put it this way. You say England also has a huge problem with racism, that you are trying to do something about it… But the problem is still there! So, that means that England should also be removed (once and for all)from the international football!? I guess yes! And I can inform you that in Serbia they have much more tolerance than you have. Try to get informed about it. I think that your text is quite rasist about one whole nation and that is somethink you should reconcider.

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  • Malcolm
    1 year ago

    I must be missing something as well, because I have looked at all the footage and although I can hear some chanting, its more like the kind of noise crowds make when trying to put off a player and not ‘monkey’ chants and they also seem to be happening irrespective of the player e.g. colour. This would appear to be an isolated incident by a small minority of fans. I think this has been taken out of proportion because of the John Terry and other ‘real’ racist incidents in an attempt to show the world we don’t put up with this anymore!

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  • Mike
    1 year ago

    I have to agree with the majority of comments on here. I didn’t see much of anything happening on the field. There were minor scuffles and even a Serb player who went over to Rose to try and cool things down by patting him on the back and showing some humanity. The media really blew this out of proportion and more than likely, fabricated the problems to gain readership!

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  • JD
    1 year ago

    It is fine for black players to make racist statements against white Europeans as in the warnings to black people to avoid going to Ukraine if they valued their lives. The culprits have NOT apologised. Anti-white racism is racism condoned by the poltically correct but it is still racism

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  • Serb
    1 year ago

    Whole incident was inflated out of proportion. Well I guess that you would have to ban half of european team as well (england too), not just Serbia. Racism is a problem everywhere , but why does the wheel must break on us!?

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  • milan
    1 year ago

    England judge about racism???? xD

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  • Slavko Jelicic
    1 year ago

    I am Serb and assure you that Serbia is not more rasistic than any other country in the world. We who really love footboll should not suffer because of few of brain-washed hooligans. Your initiatives are maybe not rasistic but definitely not very bright. “There is a big bad smelling shit in my garden but I am not removing it because neighbours shit is even bigger and smells worst”.

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