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Serbia coach unapologetic over race row

Created on 17 Oct., 2012 2:39 PM GMT

Serbia under-21 coach Aleksandar Jankovic says his side have nothing to apologise for after ugly scenes marred their meeting with England.

Clashes flared up after Connor Wickham's late strike sent England through to under-21 Euro 2013 finals, while Danny Rose was dismissed for his furious reaction to racist abuse from the crowd in Krusevac.

But Jankovic believes his side have 'nothing to be ashamed of' following the controversial end to the game, insisting the English players should simply be happy they have qualified.

"Apologise for what?" Jankovic asked reporters. "It takes two to have a fight. You should be happy that England qualified. We can discuss that and analyse what happened. Let's talk about football."

Tottenham defender Rose, currently on loan at Sunderland, accused fans of throwing stones at him during the game, while monkey chants could clearly be heard as the youngster left the pitch.

Jankovic preferred to focus on the match itself.

He added: "We expected a great fight and so it was. We can be disappointed but we have nothing to be ashamed of."

The Football Association confirmed after the match they had filed an official complaint to UEFA over the incident.

Rose called for Serbia to be thrown out of international competitions.