Montenegro accused after racist remarks against English players



UEFA has accused Montenegro after racist chants directed against English players during Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier.

Callum Hudson-Odoi said he heard singing monkeys during England's 5-1 win, while Raheem Sterling and his British coach Gareth Southgate said they heard about backyard beatings. left Danny Rose.

UEFA has explained to ESPN that Montenegro has committed a first offense with regard to racist songs and that the minimum sentence for a conviction is the partial closure of the stadium. A fine would only be imposed for a second offense.

"I have certainly heard of Danny Rose's abuse when he was booked at the end of the match," said Southgate. "There is no doubt in my mind and we will inform UEFA.This is not acceptable."

A statement from UEFA confirmed Tuesday that Montenegro had been accused of racist behavior and a series of other offenses.

"A disciplinary procedure was opened following the Group A European qualifiers group A match between Montenegro and England (1-5), which took place on 26 March in Montenegro", the statement said.

"Charges against Montenegro:

– Triggering fireworks – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations
– Throwing objects – Art. 16 (2) DR
– Racist behavior – Art. 14 DR
– Troubles of the crowd – Art. 16 (2) DR
– Stairs blocked – Art. 38 of the UEFA Regulation on Security and Protection

"The record will be handled by UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary discipline on May 16."

After the match, Sterling said, "It's a shame to see this going on, we can only raise awareness of the situation, it's now time for officials to tackle it, you can fine someone. One, but what will he do? " You have to make things a bit more difficult.

"You have to do something that will really make them think twice – if their team can not play with fans, it will be difficult for them."

Southgate added, "I know what I've heard, we will definitely fix that properly and we need to make sure to support our players."

The Professional Footballers' Association, the union of professional footballers in England and Wales, has declared itself "appalled" by the behavior of a selection of supporters during Monday's qualifying match.

Simone Pound, the head of equality at the PFA, said: "Racist slogans leave an insult to the game and a horrible sense of déjà vu for many black players who have experienced the same thing by representing England over the years. years.

"We are appalled by the racial abuse that English black players are undergoing".

PFO General Manager and FIFPro President Bobby Barnes met with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin on Tuesday to discuss the incidents at the Group A meeting.

"Aleksander has reiterated his commitment to dealing with this stain of our game and taking drastic action once the evidence has been properly reviewed," Barnes said.

At the same time, UEFA has also confirmed the appointment of an inspector of ethics and discipline to assess a complaint filed by Chelsea regarding allegations of racist abuse of Hudson. -Odoi in the 5-0 win of the European League against the club in Dynamo Kiev on 14 March.


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