Racially-charged song floors UEFA

June 10, 2013
By ESPN staff

UEFA has been left red faced after a DJ played a song that contained racially-provocative lyrics seconds before an anti-racism message was broadcast at the European Under-21 Championship.

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PA PhotosUEFA was left embarrased by a racially-charged song before England's loss to Norway.

The European governing body has spread its anti-racism message at every game of the championship so far, but before England's loss to Norway, it was preceded by a song that contained numerous references to the 'n word'.

UEFA blamed the embarrassing mishap on a 'misunderstanding' but promised a full review into the incident.

"There was a misunderstanding regarding the instructions to the local DJ about acceptable lyrics inside the stadium," A UEFA spokesman said.

"The process will be reviewed accordingly."

This incident is the latest racially-charged furore to hit UEFA and the England team after Serbia was fined £65,900 following racial abuse hurled at England's black players by the home crowd during the under-21 play-off in Krusevac last October.