FA lodges appeal over player suspensions
Published : 08 Jan 2013 18:47:24Rss feed
The Football Association have confirmed they have officially appealed against UEFA's bans against Steven Caulker and Tom Ince over England Under-21's heated European Championship play-off against Serbia.
Spurs defender Caulker was given a two-match ban and Blackpool winger Ince a one-match suspension after clashes between players and coaching staff at the end of the match in Krusevac in October.
FA general secretary Alex Horne said last month the FA intended to appeal against the bans.
He said then: "It is the FA's vehement belief that its players and staff acted correctly in the face of provocation, including racist abuse and missiles being thrown. We are therefore surprised to see that two of our players have been given suspensions.
"We shall await UEFA's reasoning but it is our intention, at this stage, to support our players and appeal these decisions."
UEFA ordered Serbia to play their next under-21 international behind closed doors following racist chanting and violent scenes during and after the clash.
The FA had reported the racist abuse to UEFA plus a number of other incidents. Full-back Danny Rose, who was dismissed after the final whistle for kicking the ball away in anger, complained he had been particularly targeted. Rose claimed he was subjected to monkey chants throughout the match and as he left the pitch.
The Serbia FA was also fined 80,000 euros (Â£65,000) "for the improper conduct of its supporters during and at the end of the match, as well as for the improper conduct of the Serbia players at the end of the game".
Serbia fitness coach Andreja Milunovic, who attacked England officials, was banned for two years, the second of which is suspended for three years. Serbia assistant coach Predrag Katic was also banned for two years, the final six months of which suspended for three years.
Four Serbia players were also banned - Goran Causic for four matches, Ognjen Mudrinski and Filip Malbasic for three and Nikola Ninkovic for two.
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