Abused Rose wants Serbia ban

  • Last Updated: October 17 2012, 10:37 BST

England Under-21 international Danny Rose has called on UEFA to ban Serbia after claiming that racist abuse he suffered in Tuesday's game in Krusevac was so bad it affected his performance.

Abused Rose wants Serbia ban

Rose was targeted by home fans as his side's 1-0 European Championship qualifying win - secured by Connor Wickham's late goal - was overshadowed by ugly and violent scenes at the finish.

The on-loan Sunderland defender was sent off after the final whistle after kicking the ball into a crowd that baited him with monkey chants and gestures, while Serbian players and officials got involved in a subsequent brawl.

"It started when we went out for the warm-up," Rose told Sky Sports News. "I told Wrigs (Steve Wrigley, assistant manager) what was happening and he told me to try and get through it, that it would be dealt with after the game.

"The fans started with monkey chants every time I went near the touchline and in the second half two stones hit me in the head as I went to get the ball for a throw-in.

"After about 50 minutes, my mind wasn't on the game. I was angry. It was so hard to concentrate that I made a few mistakes.

"When we scored, after 90 minutes' worth of abuse, I obviously expressed my emotions. The next thing I knew, all the Serbian players surrounded me, started pushing me, and then a brawl broke out.

"The referee then sent me off for kicking the ball but the game had finished by then. The monkey chants started long before I was sent off. It's not right. (Serbia) have to be banned."

Manager Stuart Pearce described the evening's events as "very sad", while the Football Association released a statement soon after the game confirming it had reported "a number" of racist incidents to UEFA.

And PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle has backed calls for Serbia to receive a "significant" international ban after the "utterly deplorable" scenes.

Carlisle watched the chaos and violence unfold in the ESPN studio alongside former England midfielder Paul Ince, who called for Serbia to be kicked out of the next 10 qualification campaigns for major tournaments.

And the 33-year-old agreed a hefty punishment was the only answer.

"You should not have to experience those scenes in this day and age. It was utterly deplorable behaviour," Carlisle told BBC Radio Five.

"It's quite farcical. A guy is racially abused and then he gets punished for containing his reaction to that.

"We saw how the whole debacle progressed into punching, kicking...we saw photos of headbutts going on in the staff. But Danny Rose for kicking a ball away ends up getting himself sent off. This is just wrong.

"UEFA need to make a standpoint here and more importantly FIFA, I feel, because it was a FIFA qualification tournament. The message has to come from the top down that this behaviour will not be tolerated."

Carlisle believes a lengthy ban would force Serbia to address the issue.

"It's immaterial where it is, who the perpetrators are," he said. "What's material is that the governing bodies lay down extremely harsh sanctions so that they deter countries and people from acting in this way.

"You can draw parity with what happened to English football when we were kicked out of Europe for the violence (following the 1985 Heysel disaster) - that instigated a period of self-governance.

"I believe Serbia should be banned because it's a repeat offence.

"Banning them for a start, from any tournament, would be progress but I think if it's significant - if it's a couple of tournaments - then that would cause that nation to address the issue that has deprived them of international competition."

UEFA fined Serbia £16,000 when England defender Nedum Onuoha was racially abused during a Under-21 European Championship meeting between the sides in 2007.

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