PFA chairman Carlisle calls for Serbia international ban

PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle says Serbia should be banned from the international game for last night's ugly scenes during England U21's win.

The Football Association has complained to UEFA after England Under-21 players were subjected to racist and physical abuse at the end of the European Championship play-off second leg.

Serbian supporters, players and other officials appeared to get involved while England defender Danny Rose was sent off after the final whistle for reacting angrily to apparent racial abuse.

Carlisle watched the chaos and violence unfold in the ESPN studio alongside former England midfielder Paul Ince, who called for Serbia to be kicked out of the next 10 qualification campaigns for major tournaments.

And the 33-year-old agreed a hefty punishment was the only answer.

"You should not have to experience those scenes in this day and age. It was utterly deplorable behaviour," Carlisle told BBC Radio Five.

"It's quite farcical. A guy is racially abused and then he gets punished for containing his reaction to that.

"We saw how the whole debacle progressed into punching, kicking...we saw photos of headbutts going on in the staff. But Danny Rose for kicking a ball away ends up getting himself sent off. This is just wrong.

"UEFA need to make a standpoint here and more importantly FIFA, I feel, because it was a FIFA qualification tournament. The message has to come from the top down that this behaviour will not be tolerated."

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