Danny Rose abused in under-21 win

Stuart Pearce England U21 ManagerEngland under-21’s beat Serbia 1-0 on Tuesday night, but the game was overshadowed by ugly scenes at the final whistle.

Connor Wickham scored in the last minute to give the visitors a 2-0 aggregate win and secure their place at the European Championships in 2013.

However, Danny Rose was sent off in the dying moments and it has been revealed that the Tottenham defender was racially abused by members of the crowd.

England goalkeeping coach Martin Thomas appeared to be head-butted as he left the pitch, whilst some of the players and assistant Steve Wigley were also attacked.

The FA has confirmed that they intend to take a strong stance after the incidents and will appeal to Uefa.

“The FA condemns both the scenes of racism and the confrontation at the final whistle during which time our players and staff were under extreme provocation,” the statement, published in The Guardian states.

“The FA has reported a number of incidents of racism to Uefa following the fixture. These were seemingly aimed at a number of England black players by the crowd. The matter is now with Uefa.”

Stuart Pearce and Jordan Henderson both also stated that they were fully aware of racist chants and monkey noises from the home faithful.

“I think there were one or two racist incidents that came from the crowd and they have been reported to Uefa by ourselves. It is in their hands now; they will have to deal with that,” Pearce stated.

“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,” Henderson added.

By Gareth McKnight