PETROVIC BELIEVES IN FINAL

Serbia senior coach Vladimir Petrovic will be a keen spectator at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in his homeland from Tuesday and the former Yugoslavia midfielder only wishes he could have had such an opportunity.

Petrovic helped make the finals draw in Belgrade, matching his nation with Denmark, France and holders England. It is the first such competition organised by the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) and Petrovic is delighted it is beginning.

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SERBIA TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST HOOLIGANS

Serbia are desperate to end football hooliganism in their country. Platini threatened to expel Serbian clubs and the national team from all European competitions unless Belgrade stopped football hooligans and violence at stadiums.

The response was quick — a special police unit was formed that will suppress hooligan violence.

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FOOTBALL MURDERERS JAILED

Serbia has jailed 14 football hooligans for their murder of a fan in 2009. Brice Taton, 28, was attacked in a bar ahead of a Europa League match between Partizan Belgrade and Toulouse.

The longest prison sentences – 35 and 32 years – were imposed in absentia on two ringleaders who remain at largeĀ­.

Two men were given 30-year prison terms. The other defendants received 12 to 14-year sentences.

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FOOTBALL FANS JAILED

Serbia football fans has jailed for the Brice Taton murder. Brice Taton, 28, was attacked in a bar ahead of a Europa League match between Partizan Belgrade and Toulouse.

The longest prison sentences – 35 and 32 years – were imposed in absentia on two ringleaders who remain at largeĀ­.

Two men were given 30-year prison terms. The other defendants received 12 to 14-year sentences.

Mr Taton sustained head and chest injuries when French fans were attacked in the central Belgrade bar by a 30-strong group of men armed with iron bars and baseball bats in September 2009.

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