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Five Serbians, two England Under-21 players among those charged by Serbian police over pitch brawl

The fallout from the controversial qualifier has continued, with the home team’s authorities charging 12 players and coaches from both sides as well as Serbian supporters.

Two unnamed England Under-21 players are among 12 people charged by Serbian police following the on-field brawl at the end of the England-Serbia U-21 Euro 2013 qualifier earlier this month.

Police in the Serbian town of Krusevac said those charged “committed an act of violence during a sports event." As well as the two England players, five Serbia U-21 players and assistant coaches from both sides have been charged for their part in the match on Oct. 16.

England went into the match 1-0 up from the first-leg and Conor Wickham’s late goal in the return tie sealed the Three Lions passage to next summer's tournament. The final whistle sparked clashes with players and officials from both sides. and Danny Rose, currently on loan at Sunderland from Tottenham, was sent off.

The home side’s supporters have also been charged for their part in the incident, while UEFA has confirmed that it will take tough action against Serbia for any alleged racial abuse directed at England’s players, which was said to have fueled the brawl.

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