Steven Caulker, Tom Lees Charged in Serbia Following U-21 Skirmish

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IOctober 31, 2012

KRUSEVAC, SERBIA - OCTOBER 16: Head Coach Stuart Pearce of England and his assistant Steve Wigley lead Steven Caulker, Craig Dawson, Ryan Bennett and the rest of his team off the pitch after the Under 21 European Championship Play Off second leg match between Serbia U21 and England U21 at Stadium Mladost on October 16, 2012 in Krusevac, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
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Steven Caulker and Tom Lees have officially been named as the two England players who will be charged by Serbian police following the October 16 post-match brawl between the two under-21 squads. 

The news comes from ESPN's Football Twitter Account:

BREAKING NEWS: Steven Caulker and Tom Lees have been named as the two England U-21 players charged in Serbia

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 31, 2012

The skirmish took place just about two weeks ago. A huge fight broke out after the final whistle of England U-21's 2-0 win over Serbia. 

It took several minutes to break up, and it was a real dark spot on the sport.    

Earlier, it was revealed that an astounding 12 people involved in the mass brawl would be charged by Serbian police with "violent conduct."

From Reuters (via the Chicago Tribune):

"Charges have been pressed against five Serbia players and an assistant coach, two England players and an assistant coach as well as three fans," the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

"According to the instructions of the public prosecutor's office in Krusevac, they have been charged with violent conduct at a public sports event on October 16 at the Mladost stadium.

"The three fans have been charged with the use of fireworks."

None of the names were revealed, but on Wednesday, Tottenham's Steven Caulker and Leeds United's Tom Lees were finally named as the England players to be charged. 

The early reaction has been outrage, and if Caulker and Lees are forced to miss any significant amount of time, it will have a significant effect on both of their clubs.

Caulker's importance is undeniably higher, simply for the fact that he plays for the more prominent squad. The young defender is a regular fixture in the Spurs' starting XI, racking up 12 starts across all competition, including the last four in EPL matches as Tottenham continues to fight for position at the top of the table. 

In addition to stellar defense, he even added a goal against Aston Villa earlier this month. 

Lees is also a defender who has been a constant contributor for his team. He's started 12 of Leeds' 13 matches in the English League Championship.

We'll be sure to keep you updated as more becomes known regarding the punishment of the important defenders.