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

in Israel.

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.