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Serbian FA bans two for year after England brawl

ESPN staff
October 25, 2012
Danny Rose was shown a red card against Serbia for kicking the ball into the crowd © Getty Images

The Serbian Football Association (FSS) has suspended Ognjen Mudrinski and Nikola Ninkovic from playing in any of their national teams for a year, following their involvement in the post-match brawl between Serbia Under-21s and England Under-21s.

England won the Euro 2013 play-off second leg on October 16 thanks to a late goal from Connor Wickham, with the resulting celebrations sparking the trouble between players and officials from both nations.

The FSS has also taken the decision to suspend goalkeeping coach Srdjan Maksimovic and conditioning coach Andreja Milutinovic for two years due to their involvement.

"Having reviewed the television footage of the incidents, the FSS disciplinary committee decided to ban Ninkovic and Mudrinski from playing for Serbia at any level for a period of one year," the FSS said in a statement on Thursday.

"Also, staff members Srdjan Maksimovic and Andreja Milutinovic have been banned from their coaching duties at any level for Serbia for two years. All four have violated the FSS ethics and fair-play code."

Danny Rose, who was shown a red card for kicking the ball into the crowd during the fracas, complained he was racially abused by Serbia fans before, during and after the game.

The FSS has denied the racial charges, which will be decided upon by UEFA when the disciplinary committee of European football's governing body convenes on Novomber 22.

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