Yugoslavia barred from European Championships

BERNE Switzerland -- Yugoslavia's soccer team Sunday was tossed out of next month's European Championships and replaced by Denmark.

UEFA, European soccer's governing body, made the announcement in accordance with United Nations sanctions placed on the Belgrade government for its savage attacks on Bosnia and Herzegovina.


FIFA, world soccer's ruling body, said Yugoslavian teams will be excluded from all international competitions, including qualifying games for the 1994 World Cup.

'The final decision will be made on Monday at a meeting of the FIFA executive committee,' FIFA spokesman Guido Tognoni said.

The Yugoslavian soccer team broke off its training camp in Leksand, Sweden, and took a flight home.

'The players are in a state of shock,' said Miljan Miljanic, director of the Yugoslavian Football Association. He termed the sanctions the 'toughest measure taken in the history of international sport and an aggression against football.'

The eight-nation European Championships take place in Sweden June 10- 26. Denmark placed second behind Yugoslavia in its qualifying group.

The revised schedule has Denmark playing England in Malmo on June 11, Sweden in Stockholm on June 14 and France in Malmo on June 17.

The U.N. Security Council Saturday urged governments to 'take the necessary steps to prevent the participation in sporting events on their territory of persons or groups representing the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro).'

The U.N. ban, if still in force, would also bar Yugoslavia from competing in this summer's Barcelona Olympics.

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