UEFA have launched an inquiry into the unruly scenes which occurred during Saturday’s EURO 2004 Group 10 qualifying match between Georgia and the Republic of Ireland in Tbilisi.

In particular, European football’s governing body will exammine anÿincident in which Republic of Ireland player Kevin Kilbane was struck by a pen-knife thrown from the crowd at the match, which the Irish won 2-1. The knife was one of many objects thrown onto the pitch by home supporters.

‘UEFA will open a disciplinary investigationinto events at the match between Georgia and the Republic of Ireland,’ said UEFA communications and public affairs director Mike Lee on Sunday.

‘We have already examined the referees’ report, which does refer in particular to an incident involving a pen-knife,’ said Lee.

‘UEFA will refer this matter to our Disciplinary Body for further action to be considered.’