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12 Charged Over Serbia-England Soccer Brawl


Fighting and alleged racist incidents marred the October 16 under-21 match between Serbia and England in Krusevac.

Fighting and alleged racist incidents marred the October 16 under-21 match between Serbia and England in Krusevac.

Serbian authorities have announced charges against 12 people, including two English players, in connection with an on-field brawl that broke out during an under-21 soccer match between Serbia and England.

The Interior Ministry said charges had been filed against five Serbian players and an assistant coach, two England players and an assistant coach, and three fans over the October 16 melee in the Serbian city of Krusevac.

The ministry said the players and coaches were charged with committing violent conduct at a public sports event, while the fans were charged with using fireworks.

None of the accused was identified.

European soccer's governing body, UEFA, is currently investigating whether Serbian fans shouted racial abuse at black English players during the match, which was won by England 1-0.

Based on reporting from Reuters and AP
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