Wembley Stadium

Next Game

England v Lithuania

Friday, 27 March 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

Celtic Park

Last Game

Scotland 1 - 3 England

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 20:00

International Match

Caulker England ban overturned

England Under-21s defender Steven Caulker has had his ban overturned but Tom Ince's suspension remained as a result of their appeal following last year's brawl in Serbia.

Last Updated: 15/02/13 at 23:40 Post Comment

Ugly scenes followed England's win in Serbia last year

Ugly scenes followed England's win in Serbia last year

Tottenham defender Caulker was initially banned for two matches and Ince picked up a one match suspension for behaviour at the end of the side's 1-0 play-off victory over Serbia on 16 October that saw Stuart Pearce's team qualify for this summer's European Championship.

Caulker was issued with a warning by Europe's football governing body in respect of his future conduct and was ordered to undertake one full day of community football service.

It was disappointment though for Blackpool winger Ince who will have to miss England's opener at the tournament in Israel.

Pearce, who attended the hearing in Switzerland with the two players, said: "We respect UEFA's decision and we will now move on and focus on the tournament in the summer.

"We welcome the ruling to overturn Steven Caulker's suspension and choose to accept the verdict with regards to Tom Ince. Both players should be proud of the way they represented themselves at UEFA."

Racist chants from Serbian fans towards England players also overshadowed the encounter in Krusevac and the hosts were initially ordered by UEFA's disciplinary panel to play their next competitive U21 game behind closed doors, as well as receiving a £65,000 fine.

However, after the appeal at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon on Friday, Serbia were told they would have to play their next two competitive games behind closed doors, while their fine was not changed.

The FA had appealed on behalf of the pair but UEFA planned a counter-appeal requesting for punishments handed out to England and Serbia be increased.

As a result, Serbia fitness coach Andreja Milutinovic had his worldwide ban increased from one to two years, while player Nikola Ninkovic's two-match suspension was increased to three.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

f he can find the right player? Surely the manager of one of Europe's top clubs has a well-researched short-list and has a good idea of who he wants to bring on-board? If I can find the right player sounds like someone going out on Saturday night on the pull, and the nearer you get to midnight the lower your standards drop.

CamberleyGooner
Wenger to buy centre-half

C

an someone point Brenda towards the real premier league table rather than the imaginary table in Brenda Land

bludsucker
Rodgers still targets top four

P

lease, please 365 can you find out what he drinks and let me know?

citymanofoz
Rodgers still targets top four

Footer 365

Transfer news: Inter Milan reveal interest in Liverpool midfielder Lucas but not Tottenham's Aaron Lennon

Inter Milan have dismissed reports they want Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon during January, but admit Liverpool's Lucas is a target.

Scottish Championship: Chairman David Somers says Rangers 'living beyond their means for years'

Rangers chairman David Somers claims a number of 'legacy issues' from previous boards have contributed to the current financial state of the club.

Arsenal: Arsene Wenger will buy a centre-half in January

Arsene Wenger will buy a centre-half if he can find "the right player" and says he has no qualms about spending money.

Mail Box

Wenger Has Made Arsenal Mentally Weak

We have plenty of reaction to yesterday's result, with Mailers sick of Wenger, Mertesacker and Skrtel in particular. Plus why it's not yet time for 'Austin for England'...

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property