Antic sacked as Serbia coach, replaced by Petrovic

Radomir: Serbia coach Radomir Antic was sacked on Wednesday and replaced by former Yugoslavia midfielder Vladimir Petrovic, the Serbian Football Association (FSS) said.

"We made a unanimous decision to terminate the contract with Antic. We gave him a second chance after the World Cup fiasco but we got ourselves into a predicament and we really had no choice," FSS president Tomislav Karadzic told a news conference.

Antic had blamed the referee for Serbia`s 2-1 World Cup Group D defeat by Australia which cost his team a berth in the second round of the tournament in South Africa.

"Antic turned out to be a good short-term solution but left a lot to be desired in the long run. Petrovic will sign until the end of 2011 and his contract will be automatically extended if we qualify for Euro 2012," Karadzic said.

The 55-year-old Petrovic, who played for English club Arsenal in the 1982-83 season and made 34 appearances for the former Yugoslavia, steered Serbia and Montenegro to the final of the 2004 European Under-21 championship in Germany.

Serbia host Estonia on Oct. 8 and visit Group C leaders Italy four days later in their next two Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Bureau Report