Robertson urges tough UEFA action

17 October 2012 02:47

Sports minister Hugh Robertson has called on UEFA to use the evidence available to take tough action against the Serbian FA after its extraordinary statement denying racist abuse of England Under-21 players on Tuesday night.

England's Danny Rose said he had been subjected to monkey chants and hit by missiles from the stands, but the Serbian FA has denied his claims and accused Rose himself of behaving in an "inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner" towards its fans.

A YouTube clip filmed at the game appears to show monkey chants taking place after the final whistle, during a fracas in which Rose was shown a red card, and Robertson told Sky News: "I very much hope UEFA will use that and other pieces of evidence that are clearly available to take the toughest possible measures against anyone who is caught perpetrating this."

He added: "All you can say is that it speaks for itself, the evidence is there.

"No young man, or indeed woman, representing his or her country should be subjected at a sports fixture to this sort of vile abuse."

Source: PA