MOSCOW, October 25 (RIA Novosti)
The Serbian FA banned players and coaches from national duty Thursday for their part in a brawl at an under-21 match against England.
Players and staff from both teams fought on the pitch after England’s 1-0 win in the Serbian town of Krusevac last week, following alleged racist abuse and missile-throwing from Serbian fans.
“These players and members of the coaching staff of our youth team have been punished for a breach of the Serbian Football Union’s ethics code, basic principles and the idea of fair play,” Serbian FA disciplinary committee head Slobodan Pajovic said.
Midfielder Nikola Ninkovic and forward Ognjen Mudrinski have each been banned from all national sides for a year, while goalkeeping coach Srdjan Makismovic and fitness coach Andrea Milutinovic are suspended for two years.
The Serbian FA had insisted that there was no racist chanting and that black England player Danny Rose was to blame for sparking the brawl.
The sanctions had no connection with a separate UEFA investigation, Pajovic said.
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