A statement released by the Serbian FA has refuted all accusations of racism and claims the brawl broke out after the Tottenham defender incited the home crowdThe Serbian FA has denied any form of racism towards the England Under-21 team during Tuesday's clash in Krusevac, describing the behavior of Danny Rose as “inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar”.
The Tottenham full back was visibly upset and angry at the end of the match, being shown a red card after kicking a ball into the crowd in frustration.
“While most of the English team players celebrated the score, their player number 3, Danny Rose, behaved in an inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner towards the supporters in the stands,” read a statement from the Serbian FA.
Rose said afterwards that he was the victim of racist abuse before, during and after the match, but the Serbian FA has refuted his claims.
“FA of Serbia absolutely refuses and denies that there were any occurrences of racism before and during the match at the stadium in Krusevac," the statement explained.
“Making connection between the seen incident – a fight between members of two teams – and racism has absolutely no ground and we consider it to be a total malevolence.”
Despite the Serbian FA's claims to the contrary, footage was released online of fans making monkey chants, and Rose indicated as much in an interview earlier today.
“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," Rose told Sky Sports News.
“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."
Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed he is shocked and appalled by the racist abuse directed at Rose, and has called for "tough sanctions" from football's governing body.