Serbian Soccer Fans Taunt English Player With Racist Chants (Video)
Well, here’s another story that proves racism is still a major problem in European soccer.
On Tuesday, an under-21 soccer match between England and Serbia turned ugly when Serbian fans started throwing debris, invading the field, and making racist chants after England scored the winning goal in stoppage time to secure their place in the 2013 U-21 Euro Championships.
It all started while England was celebrating their last-second goal and, consequently, their victory over the Serbs. Angry fans began throwing debris at the players, and some even ran out onto the field. This led to a bit of a free-for-all fight between players, fans, and coaches—the Daily Mail even alleges that the Serbian coach headbutted the English coach.
Amidst all the chaos, England’s Danny Rose became particularly upset, so he kicked the ball into the crowd, which earned him a yellow card. And since that was his second card of the night, yellow became red, and the kid was sent off—after the game.
As he was leaving the field, though, Rose gave the angry crowd a thumbs up and scratched under his arms, like a monkey, which leads any reasonable person (including the television announcer) to deduce that he had been the subject of racial taunts.
Take a look at the video of the whole scene:
After the game, Rose confirmed that, yes, fans were making racist monkey chants at him all night. And so he, the English Football Association, and even the British government are urging UEFA to impose serious sanctions against Serbia.
So what does the Serbian Football Association have to say about this?
Never happened. Nope. All a bunch of lies.
On their website, they said the “FA of Serbia absolutely refuses and denies that there were any occurrences of racism before and during the match at the stadium in Krusevac.” Moreover, they claim that Rose “behaved in an inappropriate, unsportmanlike and vulgar manner toward the supporters.”
Man, if only there were some kind of proof to back up Danny Rose’s claims. You know, like a YouTube video taken from the stands in which you could clearly hear the supposed monkey chants.
Oh wait, there is:
If nothing else, I’d say Serbia deserves a 10-year ban from European play for refusing to even admit that there is a problem. That’s perhaps the most disgraceful aspect of this whole story.
Hat Tip – [Daily Mail]