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Romelu Lukaku racism case: Sunderland fan swears at cameras on way out of court

Sunderland fan accused of racist gesture at Lukaku swears as he leaves court

By
Tom Wilkinson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

12:12 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

12:35 GMT, 22 April 2013

The Sunderland fan who denies making a racist monkey gesture at Romelu Lukaku swore and threatened to spit at photographers after a court hearing on Monday.

Liam Jones, 21, of East Vines, Sunderland, was charged following an alleged incident in the stands of the Stadium of Light last November.

Offensive: Liam Jones swore at photographers and threatened to spit (below)

Offensive: Liam Jones swore at photographers and threatened to spit (below)

Liam Jones

West Brom striker Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, scored a goal against the north-east club as his side won 4-2, and in the aftermath Jones allegedly made the gesture.

He was arrested after the match and was charged last month with racially aggravated harassment.

Sunderland Magistrates adjourned the case for trial on June 26.

Jones was granted bail on a number of conditions, including that he does not go within 300 metres of the Stadium of Light or 500m of St James’ Park – the home of rivals Newcastle – on match days.

Bail: Jones is not allowed near the Stadium of Light or St James' Park until the trial

Bail: Jones is not allowed near the Stadium of Light or St James' Park until the trial

England stars Thomas Ince and Steven Caulker banned in racism row… and Serbia fined 65k (15k less than Nicolas Bendtner got for showing his pants)

England stars Ince and Caulker banned by UEFA after racism row… and Serbia fined 65k (15k less than Bendtner got for showing his pants)

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UPDATED:

17:49 GMT, 13 December 2012

Steven Caulker has been banned for two matches and Thomas Ince for one for their behaviour at the end of England Under-21's European Championship qualifier against Serbia in October.

Proceedings against the Football Association have been dismissed.

Serbia's Under-21s have been ordered to play their next match behind closed doors and the Serbian Football Association fined 80,000 euros (65,000) following the 'improper conduct of their supporters' during and at the end of the European Championship qualifier against England in October.

More to follow

Abuse: Danny Rose claims to have been subjected to monkey chants

Abuse: Danny Rose claimed to have been subjected to monkey chants

Ugly: The end of England U21's win over Serbia was marred by clashes

Ugly: The end of England U21's win over Serbia was marred by clashes

Romelu Lukaku race case: Liam Jones arrested on suspicion of monkey gesture

Sunderland fan released on bail after being quizzed over allegedly making racist 'monkey' gesture at Lukaku

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 29 November 2012

Accused: Liam Jones pictured after leaving Gilbridge Police station in Sunderland

Accused: Liam Jones pictured after leaving Gilbridge Police station in Sunderland

An amateur kick boxer has been released on bail following his arrest for suspicion of racial abuse towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku.

Liam Jones was quizzed by police in Sunderland after he was pictured appearing to make a monkey gesture towards the Chelsea loan striker after he scored during Saturday’s 4-2 win.

Jones – who has the nickname Charlie Bucket – was released from a police station in Sunderland, and went to meet a friend outside a pub.

When approached for a comment said: ‘What do you want to know’ before his friend urged him not to say anything and he walked off.

The 21-year-old is an amateur martial arts fighter and is dubbed Charlie Bucket because he is the corner man for his brother who is a keen fighter.

Jones is unemployed and lives on his own in a flat in Sunderland. One friend told the Daily Mirror: 'He often trains in his flat with others.

Gesture: Liam Jones is seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

Gesture: Liam Jones is seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

Investigation: Police in the north-east launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

Investigation: Police in the north-east launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

'He is known as Charlie Bucket because his brother is also a keen fighter and Liam carries the bucket for him into the ring.'

Police confirmed a 21-year-old man was on police bail after being held on suspicion of racially aggravated intentional harassment.

Sunderland said Jones had been banned from the stadium ‘until the result of the investigation is known'.

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

On Tuesday, Lukaku was asked about the abuse and he replied: ‘I’m sorry, I don’t want to talk about it.'

It follows Chelsea fan Gavin Kirkham, 28, being held on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence after gesturing at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck on October 31.

Sunderland fan accused of racist monkey gesture against Romelu Lukaku is arrested

Police arrest Sunderland fan who allegedly aimed racist 'monkey' gesture at Lukaku

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UPDATED:

13:17 GMT, 28 November 2012

Police have made an arrest 24 hours after launching an investigation into an alleged racist gesture towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku at the Stadium of Light.

Northumbria Police confirmed a 21-year old man was in custody after being arrested on suspicion of racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment.

He is being interviewed, pending possible charges, following an incident that cast a further shadow over football’s image in a season that has lurched from one controversy to another.

Gesture: The fan can be clearly seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

Gesture: The fan can be clearly seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

After scoring his side’s third goal,
in a 4-2 win over Sunderland on Saturday, on-loan Chelsea marksman
Lukaku was photographed celebrating against a backdrop of a fan
appearing to make a monkey gesture at him.

It caused an immediate outcry, with
Northumbria Police swiftly beginning the task of identifying the fan and
Sunderland making it clear they were ready to co-operate fully with the
authorities’ investigation.
Sunderland are understood to have been informed of the arrest and are
waiting to hear whether charges will follow before commenting.

They stressed after the incident,
however, that they employ a policy of zero tolerance towards any
instance of racist or anti-social behaviour and are ready to implement a
ban, if anyone is found guilty of abusing Lukaku.

Investigation: Police in the north-east have launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

Investigation: Police in the north-east have launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

It is the latest unsavoury episode to
blight English football and came on the same weekend as West Ham
followers were accused of taunting Tottenham fans with anti-Semitic
chants at White Hart Lane.

As Sunderland chiefs consider their
next step, they were urged to take stringent action by Ged Grebby, of
Show Racism the Red Card, who said: ‘This sort of gesture at football
matches was something we never thought we would see again.

'When people do these sort of things,
you have to take action against them. If anyone is found guilty, we will
be asking the club to ban them. It could be a three-year ban.’

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Tony Pulis glad to see Stoke beat QPR

Forget the stats, I'm happy however way we win, says Stoke chief Pulis

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UPDATED:

15:23 GMT, 11 November 2012

Stoke boss Tony Pulis admitted he had been glad to take a victory however it came after seeing his side defeat QPR 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium.

The Potters' win was only the second they have registered in their 11 Barclays Premier League games this season, and in 17 including the end of last term.

QPR were the better team for long periods of yesterday's contest and Pulis had no hesitation in rating his side's display as one of their poorest of the campaign.

Get in: Charlie Adam sealed Stoke's second win of the season over QPR

Get in: Charlie Adam sealed Stoke's second win of the season over QPR

Overall, though, he was delighted simply to have three more points in the bag.

'I think the most important thing was to win the game,' said Pulis, whose team moved up to 12th in the table on 12 points.

'I think we have played better in the previous 10 games than how we did (against QPR).

'But the longer you go without winning a game, you get nervous, uptight and a little bit edgy.

'I thought our supporters were brilliant – they could have been edgy as well, but they were very good – and the result was more important than the performance.

'We are very, very pleased that we have got the win.'

He added: 'Hopefully that will be a little bit of a monkey off the players' shoulders and it will give us that little bit of confidence to step up again.'

Pulis has said he feels his team are playing the best football this term that he has seen from them since their promotion to the top-flight in 2008, and was keen after the QPR match to emphasise how happy he was with their home record for the campaign so far, which also shows draws against Arsenal, Manchester City and Sunderland and a victory over Swansea.

'That is 11 games now, and five at home,' Pulis said.

'Our home form has been fantastic so far and we have four clean sheets from those.

Down and out: Adel Taarabt spurned a decent chance for Rangers

Down and out: Adel Taarabt spurned a decent chance for Rangers

Ouch: Jonathan Walters cut his head during the clash

Ouch: Jonathan Walters cut his head during the clash

'We have played Arsenal and Man City, as well as tough games against Sunderland and QPR. So the return at home has been very good.'

Charlie Adam netted the decisive goal, slamming the ball home in the 52nd minute when QPR allowed it to bounce through to him from Jon Walters' flick-on.

It was Adam's first goal since his summer move from Liverpool, and asked about the midfielder, Pulis said: 'I am pleased. We have moved him around a little bit, trying to get him into positions where he will score or create chances for us, and thank goodness he has come up with a goal for us.'

While Adam's finish brought relief for Stoke, QPR boss Mark Hughes was left rueing the profligacy of his side as the wait for their first victory of the season continued.

With the winless Rs bottom of the table on just four points after 11 games, five points adrift of safety, the pressure is mounting on Hughes, who has described next Saturday's clash with second-bottom Southampton at Loftus Road as 'huge'.

Happy: Tony Pulis was glad to bag the win at the Britannia

Happy: Tony Pulis was glad to bag the win at the Britannia

Asked if it was a must-win match, Hughes said: 'Yes, it is a huge game.

'It was always going to be in fairness, just by virtue of where we are in the league.

'We have to make sure this week that we build up to it correctly in terms of our preparation, which I thought we did really well this week, as we always do.

'We understood exactly the problems we were going to face (against Stoke) and we will do the same leading into the Southampton game and make sure we get three points.'

Hughes had been satisfied with his team's performance in many ways, suggesting the defensive lapse for the goal was one of very few in the game, but stressed that they had to make the most of their chances.

Better team QPR created a number of chances to get back into the game

Better team QPR created a number of chances to get back into the game

Writing on his Twitter account, QPR owner Tony Fernandes – who has publicly backed Hughes over the past few weeks and was watching from the stands yesterday – made it clear in his assessment that next weekend's match against the Saints was 'must win'.

Fernandes said: 'We got to cut out errors. One error cost us and we got to take our chances.

'Team played as planned. Must win next win (sic). No panic. Table is compressed.

'Defense was awful now fairly solid. Midfield strong. Got to score now.'

He added: 'Love everything about QPR. Nothing comes easy but the pain will be worth in (sic).

'We are in for the long run. We live and learn. Doing our best.'

West Bromwich need to capitalise on first away victory, says Steve Clarke

West Brom need to kick on after first away victory, says Baggies' boss Clarke

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UPDATED:

18:15 GMT, 10 November 2012

Wigan 1 West Brom 2

Read the match report here

West Brom boss Steve Clarke hailed his side's 'long overdue' first away win of the Barclays Premier League season at Wigan but warned his side must continue to guard against complacency.

James Morrison and an own goal from Gary Caldwell kept the Baggies in fifth place before Arouna Kone reduced the deficit for the Latics.

The Midlands outfit are level on points with fourth-placed Everton, with only unlucky losses to Manchester City and Newcastle preventing them from soaring even higher.

Playing away: Morrison wheels away after scoring against Wigan

Playing away: Morrison wheels away after scoring against Wigan

But Clarke said: 'I remember once as a player I was top of the league in November and ended up fighting relegation. The top division in England can come back quickly to bite you if you take your focus off it.

'This week we're happy with where we are. I know it sounds boring, but we just have to keep working from game to game.

'Our away performances have been as good as our home performances so this is long overdue. I don't really see it is a monkey off our back but it is nice to end it sooner rather than later and especially at such a difficult place as Wigan.

'Even though our away performances have been good, we have had a habit of losing late goals and dropping points and you start to think about that, so it was nice to hang on and get the 2-1 win.'

Heads up: Morrison nods home for Wigan and Caldwell scores an own goal (below)

Heads up: Morrison nods home for Wigan and Caldwell scores an own goal (below)

Heads up: Morrison nods home for Wigan and Caldwell scores an own goal (below)

Clarke went on to single out stand-in
keeper Boaz Myhill, who played his first senior game in 21 months in
place of the injured Ben Foster, and could continue to deputise against
Chelsea next weekend.

Clarke said: 'To talk too much about Ben coming back would be disrespectful to Boaz. He has waited a long time for his chance and he came in and did well. His handling was excellent he had a really assured performance.'

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez offered no excuses for his side's disappointing display, with Kone's close-range header moments after the Baggies' second goal the only bright spot on an otherwise below-par afternoon.

Martinez said: 'I don't think we are the sort of side that can get a result out of a scrappy performance. I don't think we were as good as we could have been today, and that is really the frustration.

Maintain the pressure: Clarkehas warned his team against complacency

Maintain the pressure: Clarkehas warned his team against complacency

'We know West Brom are a very strong unit and play with real confidence and are a difficult unit to break down, so to concede two goals early on was really disappointing.

'We started well enough but even though we presented the right attitude and attacking threat, I don't think we were as good as we can be. Our movement wasn't as sharp and our attacking threat wasn't good enough.

'We are frustrated with our performance. We really wanted to win today on the back of two great results.

'I thought we created enough chances to get something out of the game, but we weren't lucky enough to get that positive result.'

Tim Bresnan takes two wickets as monkey invades pitch in Ahmedabad

No monkeying around as Bresnan takes two wickets to boost chances of selection for first Test

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UPDATED:

12:57 GMT, 9 November 2012

As the afternoon drew to a close in
Ahmedabad, a monkey held up play as he bounded across the pitch. It may have
been the most energetic moment of an unexceptional day.

Tim Bresnan stayed in the hunt for a place in next week’s first Test against India as England’s bowlers were made to work hard on the second afternoon of their four-day match against Haryana.

With Steven Finn bowling three overs off his full run in the nets for the first time since leaving the field with a thigh strain on the opening day of the tour, Bresnan kept up the pressure on the selectors by bouncing out Haryana opener Nitin Saini, then returning after tea to have Abhimanyu Khod caught in the slips.

King of the swingers: The presence of a langur monkey stops play in Ahmedabad

King of the swingers: The presence of a langur monkey stops play in Ahmedabad

King of the swingers: The presence of a langur monkey stops play in Ahmedabad

King of the swingers: The presence of a langur monkey stops play in Ahmedabad

At stumps, Haryana were 172 for 4 in reply to England’s mammoth 521, but the tourists remain uncertain as to the make-up of their seam attack for Thursday’s first Test in Ahmedabad.

Finn is said to be recovering more quickly than expected and, with England desperate to unleash his pace on India’s batsmen in the Tests, they could be prepared to take a risk on a bowler who sent down only four first-class overs all tour.

Stuart Broad’s recovery from a bruised heel is less clear-cut, since England will not know how well he is faring until he is able to put pressure on his left foot.

Staking a claim: Bresnan took two wickets to keep in contention

Staking a claim: Bresnan took two wickets to keep in contention

Staking a claim: Bresnan took two wickets to keep in contention

In the absence of both men – plus Graeme Swann, who has flown home because his baby daughter is unwell, and James Anderson, who has been rested – England chipped away on a merciless pitch at the Motera B Ground.

Bresnan looks set for selection at Ahmedabad should either Finn or Broad fail to get fit in time, but there was no joy on Friday for either Graham Onions or Stuart Meaker, playing his first game since joining the tour on Tuesday as cover for Finn.

Late arrival: Meaker played his first game of the tour

Late arrival: Meaker played his first game of the tour

Samit Patel and Monty Panesar took a wicket each with their left-arm spin, but there was less good news for Matt Prior, who left the field twice after lunch with an upset stomach and was later replaced behind the stumps by Jonny Bairstow.

The swap, though, was not straightforward. At first the umpires, in consultation with the match referee, would not allow Prior to leave the pitch, citing law 2.2 to England captain Alastair Cook. It reads: ‘No substitute shall act as wicket-keeper.’

Controversy: Cook (left) was originally told that Prior (right) could not leave the field

Controversy: Cook (left) was originally told that Prior (right) could not leave the field

But the match referee spoke to the BCCI, and the Indian board gave England permission to make the change, allowing Prior to recover in the pavilion – although one team-mate was heard to suggest that he was in fact ‘spewing’.

Earlier, England turned their overnight 408 for 4 into a total of 521, with Ian Bell adding only five before edging to slip to depart for 62, and Patel continuing his outstanding form on this trip with a stylish 66.

Prior hit 41 in 35 balls before he was stumped on the charge, and the tail went in a hurry as the last five fell for 14.

For those keen to track England’s progress in the warm-ups against spin, it was worth noting that leg-spinner Amit Mishra and rookie off-spinner Jayant Yadav finished with combined figures of 8 for 177. Haryana’s four seamers claimed 1 for 332.

Monkey business: The animal stole the headlines on an unremarkable day

Monkey business: The animal stole the headlines on an unremarkable day

Nathan Cleverly fight with Ryan Coyne in doubt over Don King dispute

Cleverly fight is not going to happen, claims Coyne after contract dispute with 'evil' King

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UPDATED:

11:19 GMT, 25 October 2012

Nathan Cleverly's world title defence against Ryan Coyne is in jeopardy because of a contractual dispute between the American and his former promoter Don King.

Coyne was expected to challenge for Cleverly's WBO light-heavyweight belt on a Golden Boy Promotions show in LA on November 10, but the 30-year-old revealed King's intervention has all but scuppered the fight.

'I am sorry to toss a monkey wrench in things, but my fight with Nathan Cleverly is not going to happen,' Coyne told World Boxing News.

Dispute: Cleverly's title fight with Coyne is in jeopardy

Dispute: Cleverly's title fight with Coyne is in jeopardy

'This is purely because of the spite of an evil zealot named Don King.

'I personally am 100 per cent ready to go forward with this fight and I can't wait to oppose Nathan Cleverly next month, but Don threatened the WBO and Frank Warren with a lawsuit and that seems to be that.

'In my eyes, my contract with him expired, but he is now claiming an extension and due to his threats to great promoters like Frank Warren and Golden Boy, it is a dreadful situation that has cost me dearly.'

'Evil': Coyne has hit out at his former promoter King

'Evil': Coyne has hit out at his former promoter King

Cleverly's promoter Warren confirmed to Sportsmail that the issue was ongoing, but insisted Cleverly will be fighting at the Staples Centre.

He said: 'Nathan will definitely be fighting there on that date and hopefully it will be against Ryan, but we'll see what happens. 'I hope to know more later in the day.'

Cleverly was initially due to make the fourth defence of title against Vyacheslav Uzelkov in Cardiff on 27 October, but dropped the Ukrainian in favour of Stateside exposure.

Jason Roberts on why he didn"t wear Kick It Out T-shirt

The bananas have gone, but that doesn't mean the fight is won

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 23 October 2012

When I said last week that I wouldn't wear a Kick It Out T-shirt I wasn't trying to lead a protest.

I was speaking for myself. But what happened over the weekend has, I believe, underlined the depth of the issues I was trying to draw attention to.

I have not been involved in any discussions about creating a black players' union, although I heard human rights barrister Peter Herbert saying on Tuesday that talks had taken place.

Battle's not won: Jason Roberts decided not to wear a Kick It Out T-Shirt this weekend

Battle's not won: Jason Roberts decided not to wear a Kick It Out T-Shirt this weekend

And if those discussions have happened, then it shows that the existing union is not doing enough.

They were told that Saturday's protest might happen, and that this situation could occur.

Myself and a group of other players have been in detailed discussions with the PFA for some time.

We suggested to them all along that this week could be an issue, because people didn't want to wear the T-shirt.

There are lots of players from ethnic minority backgrounds at every level of the game who feel strongly about these things.

It has nothing to do with whether you are fortunate to play in the Premier League or at any level below that.

Me too: Rio Ferdinand (left) opted not to wear the T-shirt

Me too: Rio Ferdinand (left) opted not to wear the T-shirt

No way: Rio's brother, Anton, also chose to boycott the T-shirt campaign ahead of QPR's clash with Everton at Loftus Road

No way: Rio's brother, Anton, also chose to boycott the T-shirt campaign ahead of QPR's clash with Everton at Loftus Road

I speak to players who are exasperated by the suggestion that the fight against racism has been won, simply because bananas no longer get thrown and monkey noises aren't made.

The last generation might have suffered from monkey chants, but we have to move it forward from just being happy that we no longer get that. Yes, it was progress.

But we can't decide that it is good enough, and we must keep moving the conversation forward.

We should have the same rights as other people to get into management and coaching.

For the number of players from ethnic minority backgrounds who have appeared at every level, there are still too few who have made it through into other aspects of the game.

It isn't just managers and coaches, either. There is not the representation in commercial jobs or other positions behind the scenes at football clubs.

People ask me what I'm looking for, and the answer is pretty simple.

It needs a serious approach to representation with proper resources to do the job that is needed to take things forward.

Longstanding: Manchester City's Joleon Lescott has not worn the campaign's shirt since 2007

Longstanding: Manchester City's Joleon Lescott has not worn the campaign's shirt since 2007

Kick It Out has done some substantial things, but as an organisation it is not seriously funded, and it should be.

The equality department in the PFA needs to change and should have stonger leadership and more than just one or two staff. It doesn't have the resources or the manpower to tackle the job.

These are the issues that I felt needed to be raised. Detailed discussions and recommendations have been tabled for a year now, across several meetings, without any progress being made.

If the protests by different individual players over the weekend have helped to get people talking about them then it has done some good.

I have been greatly encouraged by the support I have received from fans who understood the points we have been trying to make.

What we want to see now is for the authorities to recognise the depth of feeling, and do something about it.

Marko Jaric: English invented slavery and hooliganism, no right to accuse Serbians of racism

Hypocrites! English invented slavery and hooliganism so they have no right to lecture us on racism, blasts Serbian NBA star Jaric after Rose abuse

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UPDATED:

10:23 GMT, 19 October 2012

England's slavery and hooliganism links means they have no right to direct allegations of racism towards Serbia fans, according to NBA star Marko Jaric.

UEFA have launched an investigation after Danny Rose was subjected to racist chanting and monkey taunts during Tuesday night's Under 21 Euro 2013 play-off in Krusevac.

Disgrace: Rose was subjected to vile racist chants in Serbia

Disgrace: Rose was subjected to vile racist chants in Serbia

The FA have threatened to stop playing
matches against Serbia in the wake of the disturbing scenes which the
Serbs have disgracefully tried to blame on Rose's 'provocative'
behaviour.

And
now Serbia's most famous sporting hero Jaric has waded into the row,
raking up Britain's centuries-old links to the slave trade, which was
officially abolished in 1833.

Hypocrites! Jaric has lambasted England for what he sees as double standards

Hypocrites! Jaric has lambasted England for what he sees as double standards

'Could Englishmen teach us about human rights They invented hooliganism and slavery. Shame on us if they can teach us anything,' he tweeted.

'In England there is racism and how the whole stadium but felt monkey screams of the boy who does not have even 20 years We really gone too far.'

Just 24 hours after the Serbs insisted
there had been no racist chanting during the ill-tempered clash in
Krusevac, the Serbian FA official YouTube channel posted a bizarre video mocking Rose's accusation that he was racially abused.

The heavily edited six-minute clip,
entitled ‘Danny Rose is lying to whom’, contained footage of Rose in
action at various moments in the game, with no apparent evidence of
racist abuse aimed at him.

However, the video ended at 76
minutes and ignored the explosive end to the game in which Rose was
shown a red card for kicking a ball into the crowd out of frustration at
the abuse from the stands.

Other YouTube footage had clearly
implicated the crowd, while several witnesses gave first-hand accounts
of the abuse, which England players insisted had taken place from the
warm-up onwards.

Jaric plays for Chicago Bulls, alongside Britain's most famous basketball player Luol Deng.

Deng
represented Team GB at the London Games and made clear his desire to
represent the country which had done so much for him and his family
after they sought refuge in the UK to escape civil war in Sudan.

Watch the astonishing video here

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