Powell blasts Uefa over Serbia racism

CHARLTON manager Chris Powell has condemned the decision of European football’s governing body Uefa to charge both The Football Association and its Serbian equivalent for the violent scenes and racist behaviour witnessed during Tuesday’s fixture between the two nation’s U21 sides.

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Serbia for racist chanting directed towards England’s black players and the “improper conduct” of Serbia’s team but it is the action taken against the FA for “the improper conduct of the England players” to which Powell understandably objects.

“It’s just disgraceful,” said Powell, one of the Football League’s few black managers. “If anyone can give me any rhyme or reason why they are going to charge England they are very welcome to tell me. It is quite disgraceful. It’s about time they make a stand, but will Uefa make one? I very much doubt it. They are letting down countries like us.”