Serbia suspends 2 players, 2 coaches after brawl

Associated Press Modified: October 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm •  Published: October 25, 2012

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia suspended two of its under-21 players and two coaches on Thursday for their involvement in a brawl after an ill-tempered match against England which led to a UEFA charge of racism.

The Serbian football association said in a statement that Nikola Ninkovic and Ognjen Mudrinski are banned for a year from all competition involving its national teams. Goalkeeping coach Srdjan Maksimovic and fitness trainer Andrija Milutinovic are suspended for two years.

"As we promised, our disciplinary commission members have carried out a swift but full investigation," said a statement posted on the FA's web site.

It added that the inquiry was independent of a separate UEFA probe into the ugly scenes during and after an under-21 European Championship qualifier in the central Serbian town of Krusevac on Oct. 16, which England won 1-0 with an injury time goal.

Both countries' associations face sanctions about the brawl, while Serbia has been charged by UEFA with misconduct over the racial abuse hurled at England players from before the kickoff.

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