Serbian Football Association president Tomislav Karadzic says Tuesday night’s violent scenes in Genoa have brought shame on the country.
After Serbian fans attacked their own team bus prior to kick-off, kick-off was delayed by 35 minutes after Serbian supporters threw flares onto the pitch and in the direction of Italian fans.
When the game did eventually start, another flare was thrown at Italian goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano forcing referee Craig Thomson to abandon the game after only six minutes. Serbian supporters also taunted police, cut protective nets and attempted to smash Perspex barriers.
Italian federation vice-president and former Italy midfielder Demetrio Albertini told Reuters: “We will not ask for anything. It’s up to the UEFA delegate to talk with UEFA to decide what to do.”
Serbia’s football chief said events in Genoa had brought shame on his country.
“We had indications that this would happen,” Karadzic told Belgrade’s B92 television. “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.”
Gazzetta dello Sport reports on Wednesday morning that one of the alleged ringleaders has been arrested by Italian police.
The Serbian fan, named as Ivan, was arrested on a bus after being identified by his distinctive tattoos.
Genoa police confirmed 17 Serbia fans had been arrested while 16 people were injured, including two policemen, during clashes after the abandonment of the contest.