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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:41 PM

Uefa issue 'paltry' fine to Serbia for 'disgraceful' behaviour of fans

Uefa's decision to order Serbia's Under-21s to play their next match behind closed doors and fine them 80,000 (65,000) for the despicable scenes during October's match against the England Under-21s has been met with derision.

Sports minister Hugh Robertson said he was "disappointed" while Lord Herman Ouseley, chairman of football's anti-discrimination group Kick It Out, called the punishment "paltry".

Following the second leg of a 2013 European Championship play-off in Krusevac, which England won 1-0 for a 2-0 aggregate triumph to reach next year's finals in Israel, ugly scenes flared.

Connor Wickham's injury-time strike resulted in missiles being thrown on to the pitch that was invaded by a number of fans, whilst players and officials from both sides clashed before leaving the field.

There was also a backdrop of alleged racial abuse from the stands as England claimed some of their black players were victims.


The best bit is this:

The 65,000 fine is less than was the 80,000 meted out to Nicklas Bendtner at Euro 2012 after the Danish striker exposed underwear with a sponsor's name on it.

So, 80 grand for showing your pants, but only 65 for continuous monkey chants, throwing missiles, and a pitch invasion. You couldn't make it up.

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