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Caulker ban overturned.

UEFA have overturned their initial two game international ban for Steven Caulker following there fall out in Serbia in England's U-21 play off victory in October. Though they have retained Tom Ince's one game suspension. They have opted to warn Caulker over his future conduct and have him serve one days football based community service instead. For some reason, I actually like the community service order, and wonder if this could be used more widely in the game, and feel that perhaps it offers a great opportunity to inspire young players and also keep players in touch with the real world and the grass roots game.

Frustratingly, UEFA have bottled the big decision over whether to dramatically increase the punishment towards Serbia, as they have only increased their order of playing one match behind closed doors, to two games, and there has been no increase on the £65,000 fine. Serbia had feared being banned from the next European U-21 Championships in 2015, and a national ban was something that Michel Platini threatened after the senior side's fans forced the abandonment of their Euro 2012 Qualifier in October 2010. Their punishment for that offence, included the order of playing one game behind closed doors, should they reoffend within two years. The U-21 game occurred one day inside that order, so this or the initial punishment is hardly tough.

The sooner UEFA and FIFA realise that they are the best people to stamp out violence and racism in the game the better, and it seems obvious that the pitiful fines and threats of bans are simply not working. Serbia were terrified that they would be banned from the next Championships and perhaps even to see the senior side and the national FA sanctioned, however, UEFA seem reluctant to take the right and severe actions for fear of harming the development of a national game, but perhaps they need a greater vision to their solving the problem. For example, could they force Serbia to play all their home games in a neutral country and also banning their supporters from these games? This allows the country to develop and compete, whilst punishing the fans for their part in a long list of crimes.

As for the individual Serbian players and coaches, I suppose we have seen reasonable sanctions issued, however, we also need to see the Serbian FA work to stamp out the problems instead of looking at self preservation and denial or this problem will never be resolved...




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Date:Saturday February 16 2013

Time: 11:29AM

Your Comments

The least we could expect
Big Ron
for Caulker but Serbia and others need to know that such behaviour really will not be tolerated
Big Ron
Can't understand why he was banned in the first place?
RAF Yid
Umtiti
TopSpur13
It was all about European politics. UEFA couldn't be seen to be picking on Serbia, despite them being totally and utterly at fault for the whole incident, and being wholly unrepentant. So, a slap on the wrist for both sides. Complete nonsense. I expect it or something like it to happen again.
darkenvai
let me try and give the case for UEFA. i at least hope that most of us pray for the day we are not again talking of racism and prejudice because the whole world has realised how evil it is. Some of us are old enough to remember when it was common foe players such as ricky hill to have banana and monkey chants directed at them. i believe now racism is fairly isolated instances. As a welsman i'm happy to take the sheep type chants as banter, but , in a sensible debate chants of "you'll never get a job, could be upsetting to people living in a depressed economic environment Homophobic jestures and jeering was directed at players such as le saux, i fear the day when a premiership player comes out. the point of all this is that it is only the environment and the public that can bring an end to racism or prejudice in any arena. I really do believe that one thing UEFA have done well is to keep politics out of the game. It is not easy to impose values, i have tried to demonstate no country's or groups values are perfect. I also believe expulsion and exclusion will not solve racism it may even harden it. Having said that i'm pleased culkers ban is overturned and dissapointed that UEFA had to be dragged into this. I can't see how anyone can could have laid any blame at all at Caulker or rose
troffer2
The Scum have lost to Blackburn Rovers at home!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahaha!!!!!!!! Great weekend of football and Spurs aren't even playing!!!! FOYGS!!!
MrSpurs
Should never have received a ban. Shame the powers that be don't protect players from this abuse yet are shocked when players respond to tacitly approved behaviour. IMO the responses should also be tacitly approved. Games could be forfeited where it is clear that one team's fans are going beyond the pale. Should a match involving Spurs with hissing gas sounds be tolerated? Stronger enforcement is needed. Much like England getting turfed because of their fans' behaviour. COYS
peterballb
Spot on peter.coys
Little spur
Raging with that result MrSpurs would have much prefered to see the scum draw and have to play an extra game (in which they then lose)!
Slurms McKenzie
 

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