[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."