Pool pair caught up in Serbia shame

Blackpool's Tom Ince (right) is caught up in the brawl at the end of England's U21 win in Serbia
Blackpool's Tom Ince (right) is caught up in the brawl at the end of England's U21 win in Serbia
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TOM Ince and Nathan Delfouneso both helped England’s U21s qualify for next year’s European Championships but their 1-0 win in Serbia was marred by ugly scenes at the final whistle.

The FA have reported “a number of incidents of racism” to UEFA after ugly scenes afte England sealed their 2-0 aggregate win.

Defender Danny Rose was sent off after the final whistle after apparently responding angrily to monkey taunts from the crowd in Krusevac.

Scuffles also broke out when supporters invaded the field moments after Connor Wickham struck in injury time.

A statement from the FA read: “The FA condemns both the scenes of racism and the confrontation at the final whistle during which time our players and staff were under extreme provocation. The FA has reported a number of incidents of racism to UEFA following the fixture.

“These were seemingly aimed at a number of England black players by the crowd. The matter is now with UEFA.”

Former England captain Paul Ince, father of the Blackpool star, felt the visiting players conducted themselves well in the circumstances.

He said: “If you are black, it is hard to actually keep control of yourself because you are the one having the racist chants. From looking at what we have seen on TV, they have done very well to keep cool heads.

“It is a shame because tomorrow we will be talking about something we don’t want to talk about. What we should be talking about is England qualifying for Israel in 2013.”

Ince played the full 90 minutes, while Delfouneso was withdrawn with only a minute to go.

Both will returned to training with the Seasiders on Thursday morning.