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UEFA criticised for weak sanction against Serbia over racist chanting

Updated: Friday, 14 Dec 2012 11:17 | Comments

England's Danny Rose was sent off during the fixture in Serbia after he was subjected to racial abuse
England's Danny Rose was sent off during the fixture in Serbia after he was subjected to racial abuse

UEFA is facing severe criticism after dealing more leniently with Serbia for racist chanting than former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner for displaying a betting firm's logo on his underpants.

The Serbia FA were fined €80,000 and ordered to play a match behind closed doors following racist chanting and scenes of violence towards England's Under-21 players.

QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, the target of racial abuse by John Terry last year, contrasted that sanction with a €100,000 and one-match ban handed to Bendtner during Euro 2012.

Ferdinand tweeted about his displeasure with the punishment, particularly given the contrast with the sanction for the sponsorship breach.

The Football Association also criticised the sanction and will appeal against two-match and one-match bans for Steven Caulker and Tom Ince respectively.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said: "We are disappointed with the sanctions levied by UEFA withregards 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."

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