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Last Updated: Monday, 8 September, 2003, 09:30 GMT 10:30 UK
Macedonia face racism probe
Macedonia fans burn an England flag during Saturday's Euro 2004 qualifier in Skopje
Uefa is to start disciplinary proceedings against the Macedonian Football Association following the racist chanting during Saturday's Euro 2004 qualifier against England.

England's black players were targeted for abuse by Macedonia fans during the game in Skopje, which England won 2-1.

BBC commentator Alan Green offered to identify some of the culprits during the broadcast of the match on Radio Five Live.

And Uefa's communications and public affairs director Mike Lee told the BBC on Monday: "We're starting disciplinary proceedings today.

"We will be looking at the report from the game, and the match video. I listened to the game and heard what Alan Green heard."

This is not the first time that our players have suffered such abuse in this qualifying campaign
FA director of marketing
Paul Barber

The English Football Association's director of marketing Paul Barber confirmed the incidents had been reported to Uefa's match delegate.

"It's clear to all of us that there was jeering of our national anthem. A St George flag was also burned before kick-off," said Barber.

"Our black players, most notably Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole and Emile Heskey, suffered racial abuse from some sections of the home fans.

"This is not the first time that our players have suffered such abuse in this qualifying campaign.

"I can confirm that, on the morning of the match, as part of our routine operational meeting, the FA had taken time to explain to our opponents, the match officials, the police and the Uefa delegate how seriously we viewed any form of racist behaviour.

"I can confirm that all the incidents were reported to the Uefa match delegate. We must now leave Uefa to consider its delegate report."

Slovakia were ordered to play their home qualifier against Liechtenstein in April behind closed doors after their fans racially abused England players in Bratislava last October.

And England were fined 70,000 in May for racist abuse and crowd trouble during the 2-0 win over Turkey at the Stadium of Light in April.

Uefa spokesman Mike Lee
"The disciplinary committee will have to decide on a punishment"

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