Friday, October 19, 2012


The Serbian FA have tried to discredit Danny Rose’s claim that he was racially abused by fans during England’s Under 21 European Championship play-off win on Tuesday.

Just 24 hours after the Serbs insisted there had been no racist chanting during the ill-tempered clash in Krusevac, their official YouTube channel posted a bizarre video mocking the Tottenham player’s accusation.  

The heavily edited six-minute clip, entitled ‘Danny Rose is lying to whom?’, contained footage of Rose in action at various moments in the game, with no apparent evidence of racist abuse aimed at him.

However, the video ended at 76 minutes and ignored the explosive end to the game in which Rose was shown a red card for kicking a ball into the crowd out of frustration at the abuse from the stands.

Other YouTube footage had clearly implicated the crowd, while several witnesses gave first-hand accounts of the abuse, which England players insisted had taken place from the warm-up onwards

Below the Serbian FA video clip, on, a caption read: ‘Danny Rose said: “Every time I touched the ball, they were doing the monkey chanting again”. 
As you can see in this video, there was no unsportsmanlike cheering and insulting opposing players on racial grounds.’

The clip was posted by ‘Fudbalski savez Srbije’ — the domestic name of the Serbian FA, and a link to the video appeared on the governing body’s official website.

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