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TALKING FOOTBALL - with Paul Kendrick

Serbian players, in red and green, clash with England players after their 2013 European Under-21 Championship play-off, second leg match

Serbian players, in red and green, clash with England players after their 2013 European Under-21 Championship play-off, second leg match

NOTHING should surprise me about football anymore, but the scenes from Serbia on Tuesday were as shocking as they come.

It’s over to UEFA and FIFA now to dish out the appropriate punishment.

Sadly, I don’t think I’m the only one who is expecting a slap on the wrist rather than the severe action that is so clearly warranted.

It has to be pointed out that racism is not solely football’s problem. It’s a cancer of society as a whole.

But football should be doing everything it can to lead the way – and kicking Serbia out of international competition for several years would be a good way to start.

I’VE heard of teams beaten before they take to the field – but the following quote, from Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko, should definitely have been marked ‘Too Much Information’.

On his side’s 4-0 thrashing by Spain at the weekend, Lukashenko moaned: “I’ve never seen the national team disgrace the nation so much in a match, even considering it was against the reigning world champions. Pardon me for saying this to the media, but it looked they’d soiled their pants and turned up on the pitch with trembling arms and legs.”

Quite.

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