Boyce urges strong action

  • Last Updated: October 20 2012, 9:15 BST

FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce has called on UEFA to consider omitting Serbia from future tournaments following the scenes which marred their Under-21 match against England on Tuesday.

Jim Boyce: Wants 'serious' action

England won the game 1-0 to complete a 2-0 aggregate triumph and qualify for the European Championship, but the two sides clashed on the pitch after the match amid accusations of racism from the stands towards England left-back Danny Rose.

UEFA has charged both the Football Association and the Serbian FA for improper conduct of their players, and against the Serbs for "alleged racist chanting" by fans.

The Serbian FA has issued a statement "absolutely" denying there was any racism at all and branding the England player's behaviour "vulgar".

They have asked for formal statements from all their players and officials while the FA has sent UEFA a dossier of evidence, including video footage and a catalogue of incidents which they reported to match officials during and after the match.

Boyce believes fines do little to deter fans from abusing players and believes tougher action must be taken.

"There's got to be very serious action taken, especially against the Serbian FA," he told BBC Radio Five Live.

"There may even be a situation where Serbia aren't allowed to play in one of the future competitions."

"This is not the first time that Serbia have had major problems and as someone who completely condemns racism in any shape or form, I think this time UEFA have to act and they have to act very strongly," he continued.

"It's come to a stage where to fine people or to give associations large fines, it doesn't seem to work.

"The morons who cause these problems really don't seem to care about money that has to be paid out by clubs or associations.

"There's got to be very serious action taken, especially against the Serbian FA."


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