Ex-Saints boss in touchline brawl

Daily Echo: Steve Wigley Steve Wigley

FORMER Saints manager Steve Wigley was involved in a tunnel brawl as ugly scenes marred England’s Under-21 side qualifying for Euro 2013 tonight.

A 90th minute England winner against Serbia sparked a series of scuffles between players and staff on both sides as missiles were thrown onto the field.

Assistant manager Wigley was involved in a fight near the tunnel and England’s Danny Rose was sent off, complaining he had been racially abused.

The 2-0 aggregate victory takes England Under-21s through to an unprecedented fourth successive major tournament but the night will be remembered not for the football but for the minutes after the final whistle.

England, who led 1-0 after the home leg, had been on the brink of progressing as the game seemed destined for a 0-0 draw.

When Serbia committed goalkeeper Branimir Aleksic up the pitch for a last-ditch free-kick, England broke swiftly to score the goal that wrapped up the tie through Connor Wickham.

Then, as the England players celebrated, a series of objects were thrown on the field as the crowd expressed their frustration.

The final whistle was blown almost immediately but Serbia and England players then clashed, before coaches and even officials on both sides became involved.

A series of monkey chants were heard around the stadium as Rose kicked the ball into the crowd and was shown a red card.

The Football Association has already reported the latest incident to UEFA.

A statement from the FA read: "The FA condemns both the scenes of racism and the confrontation at the final whistle during which time our players and staff were under extreme provocation.

"The FA has reported a number of incidents of racism to UEFA following the fixture. These were seemingly aimed at a number of England black players by the crowd. The matter is now with UEFA."

England head coach Stuart Pearce said: "One or two of the technical staff from the opposition, and I don't include their manager in that, didn't cover themselves in glory on the pitch at the end.

"Punches, headbutts were thrown, and God knows what else. We will let the authorities deal with this at UEFA."

Pearce had spoken before the game of his confidence that the issue of racism would not raise itself.

A match between the two countries at the 2007 Under-21 European Championship in Holland was marred when England defender Nedum Onuoha was racially abused.

Serbia were fined £16,000 by European governing body UEFA after that incident, but Pearce had said he thought the game in the Balkan country had moved on since then.

Former England captain Paul Ince, working as a pundit on ESPN, believes tougher action is necessary this time.

Ince, whose son Thomas had been playing in the match, said: "It is disgraceful. There is no excuse for the scenes we have just seen.

"There were punches being thrown. If it was me they would be kicked out for the next five tournaments, European, World Cups."

The under-21 side's captain Jordan Henderson was also proud of the reaction of his team-mates under the circumstances.

Henderson said: "The players coped with the abuse really well. It's not nice. They kept their heads and were professional. The players completely condemn what happened. There were also stones, coins and seats getting thrown at us."

Wigley was in charge of Saints for just five months – August to December 2004 – in the season the club was relegated from the Premier League.

He succeeded Paul Sturrock but won just one of his 14 league games in charge, although that victory was against arch rivals Pompey, before being relieved of his duties.

Wigley was replaced by Harry Redknapp.

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12:00am Wed 17 Oct 12

St Retford says...

I don't often advocate violence but he should have absolutely battered them. They were awful.
I don't often advocate violence but he should have absolutely battered them. They were awful. St Retford
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12:30am Wed 17 Oct 12

IronLady2010 says...

No surprise, where there is football there is violence.
No surprise, where there is football there is violence. IronLady2010
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1:43am Wed 17 Oct 12

TheJoiners says...

Well done Steve, 6/10 for ability though. Shame there wasnt a few lads there to give you a hand. No room for racist scum like that, 10 year bans id say.
Well done Steve, 6/10 for ability though. Shame there wasnt a few lads there to give you a hand. No room for racist scum like that, 10 year bans id say. TheJoiners
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8:18am Wed 17 Oct 12

SO50 Saint says...

Be interesting to see what happens here I bet whatever happens its very lenient I also think Serbia caused problems when they went to Italy a few years back.
Be interesting to see what happens here I bet whatever happens its very lenient I also think Serbia caused problems when they went to Italy a few years back. SO50 Saint
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8:36am Wed 17 Oct 12

teebee59 says...

Is this the best you can do Echo copy and paste from the BBC ??????????
Is this the best you can do Echo copy and paste from the BBC ?????????? teebee59
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8:57am Wed 17 Oct 12

Linesman says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
No surprise, where there is football there is violence.
There was no football being played when Thatcher sent in the police, with identification numbers removed, to batter the striking miners into submission.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: No surprise, where there is football there is violence.[/p][/quote]There was no football being played when Thatcher sent in the police, with identification numbers removed, to batter the striking miners into submission. Linesman
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10:10am Wed 17 Oct 12

jhmatshrewton says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
No surprise, where there is football there is violence.
Quite agree, I gave up attending football matches after 36 years, every single match I attended ended up with violent scenes during & after the games.... and that was just Subbuteo matches!!
Silly ill-informed blinkered woman
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: No surprise, where there is football there is violence.[/p][/quote]Quite agree, I gave up attending football matches after 36 years, every single match I attended ended up with violent scenes during & after the games.... and that was just Subbuteo matches!! Silly ill-informed blinkered woman jhmatshrewton
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10:13am Wed 17 Oct 12

Confucious says...

St Retford wrote:
I don't often advocate violence but he should have absolutely battered them. They were awful.
Violence is never a satisfactory answer. I remember a bloke decided to "wipe the floor with my face" in a pub - but I had the last laugh. As I predicted beforehand he wasn't be able to get into the corners very well.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't often advocate violence but he should have absolutely battered them. They were awful.[/p][/quote]Violence is never a satisfactory answer. I remember a bloke decided to "wipe the floor with my face" in a pub - but I had the last laugh. As I predicted beforehand he wasn't be able to get into the corners very well. Confucious
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10:36am Wed 17 Oct 12

freefinker says...

teebee59 wrote:
Is this the best you can do Echo copy and paste from the BBC ??????????
.. at least that way the spelling and grammar are improved.
[quote][p][bold]teebee59[/bold] wrote: Is this the best you can do Echo copy and paste from the BBC ??????????[/p][/quote].. at least that way the spelling and grammar are improved. freefinker
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10:36am Wed 17 Oct 12

hedge end bob says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
No surprise, where there is football there is violence.
YOU DONT LIKE FOOTBALL.
YOU DONT WATCH FOOTBALL.
YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL.
SO WHY OH WHY DO YOU READ AND COMMENT ABOUT FOOTBALL????????
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: No surprise, where there is football there is violence.[/p][/quote]YOU DONT LIKE FOOTBALL. YOU DONT WATCH FOOTBALL. YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL. SO WHY OH WHY DO YOU READ AND COMMENT ABOUT FOOTBALL???????? hedge end bob
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10:41am Wed 17 Oct 12

hedge end bob says...

And if you did read the article you would of understood the deep rooted problem was racist abuse.
And if you did read the article you would of understood the deep rooted problem was racist abuse. hedge end bob
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10:43am Wed 17 Oct 12

hedge end bob says...

Wake up love we now live in a violent world, you even got lions eating little baby animals in Africa. Violence is world wide.
Wake up love we now live in a violent world, you even got lions eating little baby animals in Africa. Violence is world wide. hedge end bob
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10:47am Wed 17 Oct 12

elvisimo says...

hedge end bob wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote: No surprise, where there is football there is violence.
YOU DONT LIKE FOOTBALL. YOU DONT WATCH FOOTBALL. YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL. SO WHY OH WHY DO YOU READ AND COMMENT ABOUT FOOTBALL????????
appart from the capital letters - agree entirely
[quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: No surprise, where there is football there is violence.[/p][/quote]YOU DONT LIKE FOOTBALL. YOU DONT WATCH FOOTBALL. YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL. SO WHY OH WHY DO YOU READ AND COMMENT ABOUT FOOTBALL????????[/p][/quote]appart from the capital letters - agree entirely elvisimo
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11:01am Wed 17 Oct 12

billythesaint says...

John Terry was fined £220,000 yet Serbia are fined £16,000. They are repeat offenders because they don't get punished properly. Racism is pointless. I'm white because my ancestors came from cold countries, you're black cos your ancestors came from hot countries. Job done. Let's go share a banana in the pub. Oooh err! And Iron Lady (who I'm guessing is a bloke due to the high WUM factor) you're a tw@t who obviously hasn't attended a football match since 1984. If ever.
John Terry was fined £220,000 yet Serbia are fined £16,000. They are repeat offenders because they don't get punished properly. Racism is pointless. I'm white because my ancestors came from cold countries, you're black cos your ancestors came from hot countries. Job done. Let's go share a banana in the pub. Oooh err! And Iron Lady (who I'm guessing is a bloke due to the high WUM factor) you're a tw@t who obviously hasn't attended a football match since 1984. If ever. billythesaint
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11:30am Wed 17 Oct 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
No surprise, where there is football there is violence.
So, in an important article raising an issue in which some people (Serbians) choose to single out other people (those with black skin) and abuse them because 'they are different', you single out another group of people (football supporters) and abuse them - by making a generalisation - because they are different from you (not a football fan).

You should rename yourself 'IronyLady2010'.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: No surprise, where there is football there is violence.[/p][/quote]So, in an important article raising an issue in which some people (Serbians) choose to single out other people (those with black skin) and abuse them because 'they are different', you single out another group of people (football supporters) and abuse them - by making a generalisation - because they are different from you (not a football fan). You should rename yourself 'IronyLady2010'. Strasbourg Saint
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11:37am Wed 17 Oct 12

Beer Monster says...

"We are England,
Nobody likes us,
We dont' care!"

Brilliant.
"We are England, Nobody likes us, We dont' care!" Brilliant. Beer Monster
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11:40am Wed 17 Oct 12

Confucious says...

On reflection I wonder if it's right to, carte blanche, despise all the blue people down the M27. In this day and age I think we should try and hate them individually.
On reflection I wonder if it's right to, carte blanche, despise all the blue people down the M27. In this day and age I think we should try and hate them individually. Confucious
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12:09pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

Confucious wrote:
On reflection I wonder if it's right to, carte blanche, despise all the blue people down the M27. In this day and age I think we should try and hate them individually.
That's a good point, Confucious and one I'm sure the IronyLady would be delighted to discuss.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: On reflection I wonder if it's right to, carte blanche, despise all the blue people down the M27. In this day and age I think we should try and hate them individually.[/p][/quote]That's a good point, Confucious and one I'm sure the IronyLady would be delighted to discuss. Strasbourg Saint
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12:19pm Wed 17 Oct 12

sarfhamton says...

I hear Wigley is fighting Audley Harrison next
I hear Wigley is fighting Audley Harrison next sarfhamton
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12:43pm Wed 17 Oct 12

saintand266 says...

If this had happened in England that t#sser Platini would get on his high horse and slam us to high heaven but I bet Serbia just get a little slap on the wrist
If this had happened in England that t#sser Platini would get on his high horse and slam us to high heaven but I bet Serbia just get a little slap on the wrist saintand266
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12:47pm Wed 17 Oct 12

arthur dalyrimple says...

wigley wriggled out of a very sticky situation very well i thought.
wigley wriggled out of a very sticky situation very well i thought. arthur dalyrimple
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1:16pm Wed 17 Oct 12

rpjcheney says...

Confucious wrote:
St Retford wrote:
I don't often advocate violence but he should have absolutely battered them. They were awful.
Violence is never a satisfactory answer. I remember a bloke decided to "wipe the floor with my face" in a pub - but I had the last laugh. As I predicted beforehand he wasn't be able to get into the corners very well.
That showed him! Quality posts today, Confucious.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't often advocate violence but he should have absolutely battered them. They were awful.[/p][/quote]Violence is never a satisfactory answer. I remember a bloke decided to "wipe the floor with my face" in a pub - but I had the last laugh. As I predicted beforehand he wasn't be able to get into the corners very well.[/p][/quote]That showed him! Quality posts today, Confucious. rpjcheney
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3:04pm Wed 17 Oct 12

ramptonfromsouthampton says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
No surprise, where there is football there is violence.
What a ridiculously ignorant comment. Hardly surprising given the nickname you have chosen for yourself I suppose. Racist provocation was the central issue last night, and something that FIFA is yet to address properly. Your knee-jerk reactionary statement just confirms another kind of prejudice. You should be ashamed of yourself.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: No surprise, where there is football there is violence.[/p][/quote]What a ridiculously ignorant comment. Hardly surprising given the nickname you have chosen for yourself I suppose. Racist provocation was the central issue last night, and something that FIFA is yet to address properly. Your knee-jerk reactionary statement just confirms another kind of prejudice. You should be ashamed of yourself. ramptonfromsouthampton
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3:31pm Wed 17 Oct 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
No surprise, where there is football there is violence.
Haven't you got a more pressing engagement? i.e. doing the ironing, far more enjoyable than posting ignorant comments about a subject that you know nothing about at all. It is not called the beautiful game through it's occasional gliches. Far better for nations to duke it out on a football pitch, than blowing each other up on a battlefield don't you think?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: No surprise, where there is football there is violence.[/p][/quote]Haven't you got a more pressing engagement? i.e. doing the ironing, far more enjoyable than posting ignorant comments about a subject that you know nothing about at all. It is not called the beautiful game through it's occasional gliches. Far better for nations to duke it out on a football pitch, than blowing each other up on a battlefield don't you think? OSPREYSAINT
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4:37pm Wed 17 Oct 12

ShakeyWiffles says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
No surprise, where there is football there is violence.
Talk about a sweeping statement! I could just easily say where there are trees there is violence. Hardly the sports fault when racism rears its ugly head! You are an insult to all women that aren't small minded and quick to judge.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: No surprise, where there is football there is violence.[/p][/quote]Talk about a sweeping statement! I could just easily say where there are trees there is violence. Hardly the sports fault when racism rears its ugly head! You are an insult to all women that aren't small minded and quick to judge. ShakeyWiffles
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7:56pm Wed 17 Oct 12

billythesaint says...

ShakeyWiffles wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
No surprise, where there is football there is violence.
Talk about a sweeping statement! I could just easily say where there are trees there is violence. Hardly the sports fault when racism rears its ugly head! You are an insult to all women that aren't small minded and quick to judge.
Has to be a bloke, no woman would embarrass herself like this. Crawl back to your missus 'iron lad.' Leave the poor attempt at winding up to the blue few. Or.....are you a lesbian? A rug-muncher? Ah, makes sense.
[quote][p][bold]ShakeyWiffles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: No surprise, where there is football there is violence.[/p][/quote]Talk about a sweeping statement! I could just easily say where there are trees there is violence. Hardly the sports fault when racism rears its ugly head! You are an insult to all women that aren't small minded and quick to judge.[/p][/quote]Has to be a bloke, no woman would embarrass herself like this. Crawl back to your missus 'iron lad.' Leave the poor attempt at winding up to the blue few. Or.....are you a lesbian? A rug-muncher? Ah, makes sense. billythesaint
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8:48pm Wed 17 Oct 12

holburyhalo says...

Ah it must be football that's the problem in Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq.Ironlady your statement is more clinker than ironclad
Ah it must be football that's the problem in Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq.Ironlady your statement is more clinker than ironclad holburyhalo
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