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FA Condemns Racism After Serbia-England Under 21s Match (PICTURES)

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The Football Association has condemned and reported the racist chanting at the end of England Under-21s' European Championship qualifier in Serbia, which led to a mass brawl between the two teams.

England's Danny Rose was subjected to monkey chants and intimated as such to Serbian supporters with a clear gesture after he was puzzlingly sent off after the full-time whistle had been blown.

After a furious Rose disappeared down the tunnel, punches were thrown by a member of the Serbian staff at England coach Steve Wigley, who had to be dragged down the tunnel as tensions soared in Krusevac.

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Rose sarcastically agrees with his abusers

Rose said Serbia had to be banned.

"Two stones hit me in the head. I was slapped twice. There was monkey chants whenever I touched the ball. They have to be banned," he implored.

A statement on the FA website read:

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

England captain Jordan Henderson added England players were pelted with missiles by Serbian fans.

"There was a lot of racist abuse out there from the stands and a lot going on after the game, which is hard to take for the players," he told the FA.

"There was also stones, coins and seats getting thrown at us. I didn't understand why Danny Rose was sent off at the end - I didn't see he did anything wrong, other than get abused."

In 2007 the Serbian FA was fined a pitiful £16,000 after supporters racially abused England players at the Under 21 Euros in Holland.

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Goalkeeping coach Srdjan Maksimovic of Serbia raises his fist during the scuffle

Uefa is under pressure to punish Serbia more severely for the repeat offence, with Paul Ince and Clarke Carlisle, two black players covering the game for ESPN on Tuesday night, calling for tournament bans.

Nicklas Bendtner was fined £80,000 at Euro 2012 for displaying sponsored underwear, which dwarfs previous fines dished out to nations for their fans airing racial slurs.

ROSE CALLS FOR SERBIA TO BE BANNED

Ince himself had a personal interest in the scenario since his son, Thomas, was playing for England at the Mladost Stadium.

"When your son's out there it's worrying," he said.

"You could just see if they [England] were to win or go through, it was getting more hostile.

"[Fifia boss] Sepp Blatter and [Uefa chief Michel] Platini need to look at this.

"If it was me they [Serbia] would be kicked out for the next five tournaments - European, World Cups - but they will get a little ban and that will be it."

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