Former Wolves skipper and England international Paul Ince would like to see an international ban placed on Serbia after the aftermath of England’s Under-21’s victory last night.
It was a night to forget for England at all levels last night, the senior game was a wash-out even though the stadium had a roof, while in Serbia the England boys were subjected to scenes that have long since been eradicated in this country.
Stuart Pearce’s side travelled over to Krusevac last night with a slender 1-0 lead on aggregate in their match to qualify for Euro 2013.
With the game at 0-0 going into the stoppage time Serbia through everything forward, only to be caught on the counter attack and for Connor Wickham to score an open goal to decide the game.
As soon as the ball hit the net, chaos on the pitch and off in-sued. Missiles were thrown from the stands including according to news reports, coins, stones and chairs.
Serbian players started scuffling with England players with punches and kicks clearly visible on the television coverage.
A clearly distressed Danny Rose kicked the ball into the crowd in anger and was given not only a red card by the referee but was subjected to monkey chants from the crowd.
As the players attempted to get away down the tunnel, Serbian players, coaches and apparently some fans attacked England players and coaching staff with England coach Steve Wigley being held by one Serbian coach, while another was seen to kick out at him.
Paul Ince, now 44, who played over 130 times for Wolverhampton Wanderers was watching on at the ESPN studio, with his son Tom Ince caught up in the middle of the fracas.
“If it was me, they would be kicked out for the next five tournaments. This takes us back to the dark ages.’ Ince told the Express & Star.
He added: “It`s disgraceful to see these scenes. When your son`s out there it`s worrying. You could just see if they [England] were to win or go through, it was getting more hostile.”
The Football Association has reported a number of racist incidents to UEFA, whilst it isn’t clear if any of the incidents were reported by the match referee.
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