England, Serbia avoid rematch in U21 Euro groups
England and Serbia avoided each other when the qualifying groups
were drawn for the 2015 European Under-21 Championship on
A volatile match between the countries’ Under-21 teams in
October saw Serbia fans direct racist abuse at England players in
Krusevac. Serbian players and coaches fought with the England team
after it won and advanced to the 2013 European Under-21 tournament
UEFA says it aims to hold an appeal hearing in late February to
re-examine widespread sanctions arising from the match.
UEFA has reportedly considered expelling Serbia from the next
edition of its under-21 tournament.
Still, Serbia was entered in Thursday’s draw and joined a group
with Italy, Belgium, Cyprus and Northern Ireland. England is in a
six-team group that includes Wales and Finland.