LATEST NEWS: Prime Minister ‘appalled’ by treatment of Sunderland’s Danny Rose

Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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PRIME Minister David Cameron was “appalled” by the ugly scenes at the end of the England Under-21 football team’s match against Serbia last night.

Sunderland defender Danny Rose complained of racist abuse, including monkey chants, during the Euro 2013 play-off in Serbian city Krusevac yesterday, and said he was also hit by missiles thrown from the crowd.

Number 10 has confirmed the Government is giving its full backing to a Football Association complaint over alleged racist taunts and said Britain expects “tough sanctions” if racism is proved.

Mr Cameron’s spokesman said: “(The Prime Minister) was appalled by the scenes that we have seen in Serbia.

“We are determined to stamp out racism internationally and at home and we are giving our full backing to the FA’s complaint on this issue.

“Clearly it is for Uefa to investigate this issue but we would expect tough sanctions. If we are going to stamp out racism from football, then it is no good giving derisory fines, as have been handed out in the past.

“It is not good enough to say that people should shake hands and forget about it.”

Rose was sent off after the final whistle for kicking a ball in anger as scuffles broke out involving Serbian supporters, players and officials.

Sport Minister Hugh Robertson has written to Uefa president Michel Platini urging an investigation.