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Former Toon Star Hits Out At Unsavoury Scenes!
Published : 21 Oct 2012 12:00:44Rss feed
Well ... I think we were all shocked to see the scenes that marred England Under-21s' play-off in Serbia this week
The under-21s' 1-0 victory in Krusevac, which saw them qualify for next year's European Championship in Israel, was completely overshadowed by racism from the stands towards England full-back Danny Rose as well as a melee after the full-time whistle.
The Serbian federation (FSS) issued a statement "absolutely" denying there was any racism at all and branding the England players' behaviour "vulgar".
UEFA charged both the English and Serbian associations for the improper conduct of their players, and the Serbs for "alleged racist chanting" by fans.
Former Newcastle defender Sol Campbell has lost faith in UEFA and believes national governments need to step in to resolve racism in football once and for all.
Sol Campbell: "It was a disaster.
"It was as if there was no control from the fans, from the officials and to top it off Danny was getting abused all game from stone-throwing and monkey chants.
"For me it was just disgusting, I really felt for him and I felt for the players out there because everyone concerned with England must have felt it.
"I think (UEFA should deduct) points and then after a while when you stop qualifying for these competitions I think people will start to wake up.
"If you keep on knocking off six points, nine points, I think countries are going to start waking up because everybody wants the chance to play in the World Cup or European Championship.
"It's the only way you can actually start to wake up the powers that be.
"(We have to) get this idea into their heads that if you carry on then you might not qualify for another major tournament for 20 years.
"I'd love UEFA or FIFA to do something about it but I honestly believe they're not going to do anything.
"I don't think they're going to find them guilty, I think (Serbia) are going to get out of it.
"The government have to get involved, you cannot leave it to associations any more, it never gets done.
"It's all lost. There's no one going out and wrestling this problem to the ground.
"I just hope people start to understand sport is sport.
"The only fighting should be fighting to win a game or win for your country. That is the only thing that should be in your mind.
"Colour should not even come into it."
Source: Newcastle United Mad