Wales may seek UEFA action over racist slurs - 21/08/2003
Welsh under 21's defeated by Serbia and Montenegro
Wales' youngsters had their two-game winning run ended with a
3-0 defeat in their Euro 2004 Under-21 qualifier, with goals from
Danko Lazovic, Igor Matic and Dejan Milovanovic.
But their agony in Novi Sad was extended as captain Jason Brown
suffered racial abuse and, according to manager Jimmy Shoulder, two other
players were physically assaulted during the game. Both James Collins of
Cardiff and David Pipe of Coventry had to be substituted after being the
victim of elbow offences from home defenders who went unpunished.
The incidents involving Gillingham keeper Brown could end with a
complaint from the Football Association of Wales to Uefa. "It was
something I have not experienced in the UK," said Brown, who was abused
every time he took a goal kick or collected the ball. "I have been to all
the grounds where such things are supposed to happen, like Millwall, and
never been subjected to any abuse. "It's sad in this day and age, and it
disappoints me that it can happen. I will have to consider whether I ask
the FAW to complain on my behalf."
Shoulder was annoyed at the
lack of protection given to his players by Georgian referee Levan
Paniashvili. "I complained to the referee at half-time that two of my
players had been struck, in fact they were assaulted out there," said
Shoulder. "James got a crack on the back of the neck and we eventually had
to take him off because the blow had damaged his shoulder. "David was also
battered by the Serb defenders and he too had to come off. "We've come off
the back of a couple of good wins and now played here 50% below what we
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