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Angry Serbian fans run wild
by Paul Kennedy, October 12th, 2010 7:38PM

TAGS:  european championship, italy, video


[EURO 2012 QUALIFYING] The Italy-Serbia Euro 2012 qualifier in Genoa had to be abandoned after visiting Serbian fans threw flares on the field and lit fireworks -- all this after the start of the game was delayed 45 minutes because of clashes between Italian police and the Serbian fans.

Scottish referee Craig Thomson stopped the match after seven minutes with the score tied at 0-0, though Italy will likely be awarded a 3-0 forfeit by UEFA.

The rioting follows Serbia's poor start to qualifying that included Coach Radomir Antic's firing after a 1-1 draw at home with Slovenia last month and 3-1 loss to lowly Estonia on Friday in Belgrade.

"The referee felt that the players' security couldn't be assured," Italian soccer federation general secretary Antonello Valentini told RAI television. "Now. it's up to UEFA and its disciplinary procedures."

  1. David Huff
    commented on: October 13, 2010 at 11:22 a.m.
    Once again the Serbs show their violent nature, what a bunch of sore losers.
  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: October 13, 2010 at 3:05 p.m.
    Afraid even to play?
  1. Michael Canny
    commented on: October 14, 2010 at 9:52 p.m.
    Kudos to the referee for having the courage to make this call. This kind of behavior should not be tolerated. The Serbian that participated in the violence fans are a disgrace and should be ashamed of themselves
  1. Michael Canny
    commented on: October 14, 2010 at 9:52 p.m.
    I meant, the Serbian FANS that participated...

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