UK govt urges UEFA to sanction Serbia over racism

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Associated Press

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM

LONDON (AP) — The British government has written to UEFA President Michel Platini demanding "tough sanctions" against Serbia following the racial abuse of England players during an under-21 match.

Abuse was hurled at the England players in Krusevac, Serbia, on Tuesday, with monkey chants heard in the stadium. England won the game 1-0.

British Sports Minister Hugh Robertson says "the scenes at the end of the game last night were disgraceful. I have written to UEFA President Michel Platini, in support of The FA, urging them to investigate immediately."

In a statement Robertson added that "racism in any form is unacceptable and must be stamped out. We would expect tough sanctions from UEFA on anyone found guilty of racist abuse."

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