The Serbian Football Association has denied there was racist chanting aired at England's Under-21 defender Danny Rose, despite monkey chants being audibly heard after the European Championship qualifier.

Rose has also been branded "inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar" by the Serbian FA, after he was sent off after the match, having become frustrated and angered by the racist chanting aired at him by the home supporters.

The on-loan Sunderland defender alleged he heard monkey chants whenever he touched the ball, but the Serbian FA has denied there were "any occurrences of racism before and during the match".

And instead, the Serbian FA has accused Rose of antagonising the home crowd and acting as the catalyst for the brawl between the two teams.


Rio Ferdinand
Has our prime minister just spoken on this U21 saga? Get our own house in order 1st on this issue b4 we start taking the moral high ground.

"While most of the English team players celebrated the score, Danny Rose, behaved in inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner towards the supporters on the stands at the stadium in Kruševac."

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Rose intimates to Serbian supporters after the final whistle

The Serbian FA also apologised for the conduct of some of their players and staff during the violent melee which ensued after the final whistle, but suggested England were not blameless.

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"We apologise for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of a part of the technical staff and players of the Serbian U-21 team. By this we inform the overall public that we will, as a matter of urgency, start an internal disciplinary procedure and punish the culprits after reviewing all the reports.

"It will be done whether a possibly disciplinary procedure by the responsible UEFA bodies will be started or not. Furthermore, we will not either accept the fact that our players and members of the technical staff were provoked by the gesture of the English player Rose, since violence has no place at sports events.

"To be honest, we expect the same investigation from the English FA."

Preliminary reports from match officials support the Serbian FA, according to the statement.

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