The England Under-21s' qualification to Euro 2013 was overshadowed by a string of racist and violent incidents, which the FA have formally reported to the authoritiesDanny Rose has called on Uefa to issue Serbia with a ban after he was the subject of shocking racist abuse while playing for England Under-21s in Krusevac.
Stuart Pearce’s side won 1-0 on the night to move through to Euro 2013 but the match was overshadowed by a number of unsavoury events and the Football Association says it has reported "a number of incidents of racism" to Uefa.
Rose, currently on loan at Sunderland from Tottenham, has lifted the lid on the abuse he was subjected to before, during and after the match and says banning Serbia is the only way their fans will learn what is acceptable.
“They have to ban them, it would be the right thing to do,” he said to Sky Sports News. “I don’t understand how else they can learn from it. They just have to be banned.
“It started when we went out for the warm up. When we started warming over at the opposite side from the bench, they started monkey chanting straight away – in the warm up.
“I asked the lads if they could hear it and they said they could, so about halfway through the warm up I went to see Steve Wigley, the assistant manager, and I told him what was happening. He just said I had to try my best to get through it and they would look at dealing with it straight away after the game.”
Rose said what he experienced prior to the match and early in the game was bad enough but that things continued to get worse and more hostile as the match progressed.
He said: “In the first half, when I went down to get the ball and take a throw-in, the fans started again with the monkey chanting. But the first half was nowhere near as bad as the second half.
“In the second half I had two stones hit me in the head when I went to get the ball for a throw-in. Every time I touched the ball they were doing the monkey chanting again. After 60 minutes my mind wasn’t really on the game, I was just so angry and it made it so hard to concentrate.
“I could’ve cost the lads the game because I made a few mistakes with not concentrating. Then obviously we’ve scored and after 90 minutes worth of abuse I just expressed my emotions as soon as we scored.
"Next thing I know I turned round and all the Serbia players have ran over and started surrounding me and pushing me before a brawl broke out.”
Rose was then sent off as the brawl spilled over to the touchline as the players were ushered down the tunnel in dramatic circumstances.
He continued: “I remember getting slapped twice and then I got ushered away and that’s when I kicked the ball. I’ve kicked the ball and the referee has sent me off so I don’t understand – the game had finished by then.
“He sent me off for kicking the ball and then everyone heard monkey chanting as I walked off but the monkey chanting had actually started long before I got sent off. As I said after 60 minutes my head wasn’t really on the game.”
There has been history between Serbia and England before. In 2007, a match between the two countries at the European Championship in the Netherlands saw Three Lions defender Nedum Onuoha racially abused by opposition supporters, resulting in a £16,000 fine.