Serbia facing UEFA sanctions over crowd trouble in Genoa

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
uefa
Serbia could be disqualified from Euro 2012 following the crowd trouble which led to Tuesday night's match between Italy and Serbia being abandoned

uefa

Serbia could be disqualified from Euro 2012 following the crowd trouble that led to Tuesday night’s match between Italy and Serbia being abandoned.

The game was brought to a halt after only six minutes of play when a flare was thrown onto the pitch near Italy goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.

Kick-off had already been delayed by 35 minutes after Serbian hooligans clashed with Italian police outside Genoa’s Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

A UEFA statement read: “UEFA has immediately opened a full and thorough disciplinary investigation into the incidents of serious disorder witnessed at the match and the circumstances surrounding it.

“Once the full dossier is completed, with the assistance of both the referee and delegate reports, the matter will be put before the independent UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body for further review and possible sanctions.

“The sanctions that are available to the Control and Disciplinary Body range from a reprimand or fine, up to a stadium closure or disqualification from competitions in progress and/or exclusion from future competitions.”

Tomislav Karadzic, the president of Serbian football, denounced the travelling fans’ actions and admitted the events were not a complete surprise.

“We had indications that this would happen,” said Karadzic. “These fans are just the executors, it was planned in Belgrade.”

“This has brought embarrassment and shame on our country. We had problems during training, before the match, and now this…the state must react.”

Follow @thesportreview on Instagram

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Jamie Murray
Jamie Murray talks about hopes of Wimbledon success, brother Andy, and playing with legends under Court 1 roof
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Virgil van Dijk
Liverpool FC told to sign 19-year-old to complement Virgil van Dijk
Paul Pogba
Man United tell Paul Pogba he must hand in transfer request to force move – report
Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker reveals his prediction for Liverpool FC v Tottenham final