Steven Caulker and Tom Ince receive suspensions for Euro 2013 matches
The FA acknowledges UEFA’s announcement in relation to the recent Serbia versus England Under-21 fixture in Krusevac
The Football Association of Serbia has been fined £65,000 (€80,000) and ordered to play one Under-21 fixture behind closed doors.
This is due to the improper conduct of its supporters during and at the end of the Euro 2013 play-off match on 16 October 2012, as well as for the improper conduct of the Serbia players at the end of the game.
A number of Serbian players and coaching staff have also been suspended.
FA General Secretary, Alex Horne, said: “We are disappointed with the sanctions levied by UEFA with regards to the racist behaviour displayed towards England’s players.
“Let’s be clear, racism is unacceptable in any form, and should play no part in football. The scenes were deplorable and we do not believe the sanction sends a strong enough message.”
England players Steven Caulker
and Tom Ince
, who had each been charged by UEFA individually, have also been given suspensions.
Caulker has been handed a two-match suspension for the opening games of the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
against Italy and Norway respectively.
Ince will face a one-match suspension against Italy in the same tournament, which will be held in Israel next summer.
However, UEFA has confirmed The FA itself will face no sanctions in relation to the conduct of its representatives.
Horne added: “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.”
Head Coach Stuart Pearce said: “I am concerned to see our players suspended by UEFA and we will continue to support them.
"I maintain that our players played no part in the aggression. From what I witnessed our players and staff were forced to protect themselves in the violent scenes that followed the game.”
The FA will await full written reasons from UEFA’s control and disciplinary body, and will have three days from the receipt of these reasons to appeal the decision.
Aside from the suspensions for Ince and Caulker, The FA has been warned by UEFA for the team accumulating more than five cautions during the game.
Meanwhile, Danny Rose
will still face a one-match suspension from UEFA for his sending off after the final whistle.