England and Serbian players are suspended for brawl in Euro Under-21 playoff

In football news, 

England's Thomas Ince and Steven Caulker have been banned over incidents that took place during their Under-21 win over Serbia in October. 

4 Serbian players have also been banned, while 2 of their coaches are suspended for 2 years. 

UEFA have ordered Serbia to play their next competitive under-21 match behind closed doors, and they have also been fined more than US$100,000 dollars. 

It's a result of the behaviour of their supporters during and after the October match. 

The charges followed England's 1-0 victory in a Euro under-21 championship playoff. 

That's when full back Danny Rose complained he was racially abused by Serbian supporters. 

England scored with the last kick of the match and fighting broke out between players and officials immediately after the final whistle.

Still on English football, 

Brad Jones has just signed a new contract with Liverpool. 

The Australian goalkeeper was facing a bleak future at Anfield when Reds manager Brendan Rodgers announced his arrival at the club in June. 

And he told the 30-year-old custodian, that he wasn't part of his first-team plans.

But Rodgers has since been impressed by Jones's displays in the absence of injured first-choice keeper, Pepe Reina. 

And he's rewarded the Australian with a new deal of which the details are confidential. 

Jones has made 10 appearances for the Reds so far this season. 

Liverpool , who are currently 10th on the table, will host Aston Villa tomorrow.

Onto regional football news, 

Singapore's midfielder Fahrudin Mustafich might miss next Wednesday's 1st leg Suzuki Cup Final against Thailand. 

The Tampines Rovers star is racing to recover from a groin injury which he sustained during the semi-final clash against the Philippines 2 nights ago. 

His fellow midfielder Shi Jiayi will reportedly not feature against the Thais as well, as he's back in Shanghai. 

The 29 year old is tending to his pregnant wife who's now in hospital.


Ticketing details for next Wednesday's home match at the Jalan Besar Stadium will be announced soon. 

But if you're thinking of travelling up to Bangkok to support our Lions in the 2nd leg, then be prepared to fork out some $800. 

Due to the holiday season, most flights and hotels in the Thai capital are expectedly full. 

But Singapore's veteran football tour operator Akbar Hashim is still arranging a contingent of Lions' supporters to travel to Bangkok. 

For more details, you can contact Akbar at 9664 4942.

Thailand are expecting a full house of 50,000 supporters at their Rajamangala National Stadium for the clash next Saturday. 

And for the record, Singapore last won the AFF championship in the 2006 campaign, after holding Thailand to a 1-1 draw in Bangkok in the 2nd leg. 

The Lions triumphed 2-1 on aggregate.