UEFA has opened a “full and thorough” investigation into the violent scenes that forced the abandonment of Tuesday night’s Euro 2012 qualifier between Italy and Serbia.
Kick-off in Genoa was delayed by 35 minutes after Serbian fans threw fireworks at the home support. When the match did get underway, it was abandoned after just six minutes when flares were thrown at Italy goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.
Serbian fans were also involved in clashes before the game, attacking the country’s team coach.
“Following the abandonment of yesterday’s UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match between Italy and Serbia at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa after only six minutes of play, UEFA has confirmed today that it has immediately opened a full and thorough disciplinary investigation into the incidents of serious disorder witnessed at the match and the circumstances surrounding it,” read a UEFA statement.
“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 can be found in the UEFA disciplinary regulations, edition 2008, article 14, and range from a reprimand or fine, up to a stadium closure or ‘disqualification from competitions in progress and/or exclusion from future competitions’.
“The proposed date for the meeting of the control and disciplinary body to hear this case is Thursday 28 October.”
Serbia’s government has apologised to Italy for the behaviour of their travelling supporters.
“What happened in Genoa was a disgrace, a nightmare,” said Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, Serbia’s ambassador in Rome. “I and all of Serbians are ashamed. I take this opportunity to send the apologies from the embassy, our government and our population to the Italian people for what has happened.”