Serbian fans and players face Under-21 racism probe
UEFA are set to investigate the incidents of racist chanting that marred England's victory over Serbia in the European Under-21 Championships on Sunday 17th June.
Manchester City's Nedum Onuoha was apparently racially abused by Serbia fans during the first half of the 2-0 win in Nijmegen.
UEFA were forced to make an impromptu anti-racism announcment at Goffert Stadion after the abuse aimed at Onuoha. Arsenal's Justin Hoyte was said by team-mates to be the subject of racisl abuse from Serbian players or official in the tunnel after the game.
"There was something racial said in the tunnel to Justin, so he wasn't very happy and Justin is a quiet lad," according to striker Leroy Lita.
"There is no need for that, we are here playing in the tournament, everyone just wants to enjoy themselves and there is no need for that.
"Justin took a lot of stick and he is not very happy but as I said to him we can't worry about things like that, you just move on."
UEFA spokesman William Gaillard told BBC Radio Five Live: "We will be receiving the match delegate's report and as soon as we have it, or if also we have some independent reports telling us something happened, we will (investigate). We have a policy of zero tolerance for racism so any incident of racism is completely unacceptable.
"We will, in the next few days, look into the matter and as soon as we have some evidence we will react and the disciplinary body will be given the evidence."
18 June 2007
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