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SBD Global/October 19, 2012/International Football
Serbia PM Orders Police Probe Into Racial Taunts Of England Players
Published October 19, 2012
IS BANNING TEAMS THE ANSWER?: In London, Matthew Syed opined, "The credibility of UEFA, for so long a governing body in search of a mission, is on the line." The racist chants at England players in Krusevac "demand a swift and punitive response." The failure of the Serbian authorities to control the problem of racism is "matched only by the impotence and general hand-wringing of UEFA." Banning Serbia's Under-21 side from the next competition "is a bare minimum." The "most powerful way to send a signal to the rest of football and the wider world would be to ban the Serbia national team" (LONDON TIMES, 10/18). The London INDEPENDENT wrote an editorial under the headline: "Banning teams is the way to tackle football racism." The newspaper wrote, "The European sport's governing body has a feeble record on tackling racial abuse. Now is UEFA's chance to send an unequivocal message that there is no place for racism in football. A fine is not enough. Serbian teams must be banned from playing in Europe" (INDEPENDENT, 10/18). REUTERS' Zoran Milosavljevic wrote, "Even a ban from int'l soccer may not prove enough to rid Serbia of its perennial problems with racism and hooliganism, such is the deep-rooted intolerance among fans." UEFA said that it "was waiting for the referee's report before deciding what action would be taken" (REUTERS, 10/18).