FA reiterates support for Caulker and Tom Lees over England Under 21s pitch brawl

The fall-out from the controversial qualifier continues, with the governing body confirming they have received no formal communication of any charges from Serbian police

The Football Association have released a statement reiterating their support for England Under-21 players Steven Caulker, Tom Lees and assistant coach Steve Wigley after reports emerged claiming they have been charged by Serbian police.

The charges relate to the on-pitch brawl that occurred during the Euro 2013 qualifier between the two countries earlier in October.

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 after reacting to alleged racial abuse from the crowd.

Reports then emerged that the England trio had been charged by police with “committing an act of violence during a sports event”.

However, the FA have now released a statement which reads:  "The FA continues to remain in close contact with the UK Government regarding the continued media reports of Serbian Police charging England Under-21 players and staff.

"There remains no formal communication of any charges to The FA or the Government. However, we understand there has been a verbal communication of the names of the individuals concerned, which we now believe to be England players Steven Caulker and Tom Lees, and coach Steve Wigley.

"The FA would like to reaffirm its support for all of our players and staff and we have spoken with the players’ clubs and those named to express this.

"The FA has been taking legal advice in both the UK and Serbia to provide appropriate protection should any charges be brought.

"We welcome the support we are receiving from the UK Government."

The Serbian Football Association announced last week the suspension of players Nikola Ninkovic and Ognjen Mudrinski for a year for their part in the melee.