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Britain seeks clarity on Serbian brawl charges

November 01, 2012 10:41 IST
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The British government is investigating the full details of criminal charges laid by Serbian police against two England Under-21 soccer players after this month's Euro 2013 playoff ended in a mass brawl.

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The charges have been laid against 12 people, including the two unnamed England players and an assistant coach, who are accused of violent conduct. Five Serbian players have been charged.

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ssistant coach Dejan Govedarica (centre) of SerbiaEngland's 1-0 win over Serbia in Krusevac on October 16 was marred by accusations from England of racial abuse and ended in a fracas.

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"We are investigating the full details of these charges before considering our response," said a British government spokesman.

England left back Danny Rose, who was sent off along with Serbia's Nikola Ninkovic, said he was racially abused and pelted with missiles by the home fans before, during and after the game.

The Serbian Football Association denied the racism charges and UEFA's disciplinary committee is to review the video evidence before announcing its verdict on November 22.

Image: Assistant coach Dejan Govedarica (centre) of Serbia attempts to keep the opposing players apart during a scuffle after the Under 21 European Championship Play Off
Photographs: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

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