The unfortunate European Championship match between Italy and Serbia which was cancelled due to Serbian fan violence has got an epilogue. The Serbian football selection is to play at least one home match behind the closed door, and Italy has been awarded with a 3-0 win, the UEFA has decided.
The Italian Football Federation (FICG) were sanctioned with a one-match ban is for a probationary period of two years. The both involved football associations were fined – Italian with 100,000 euros, and Serbian with 120,000 euros.
The group C match in Genoa on October 12 was cancelled after just 6 minutes after Serbian fans started throwing flares onto the pitch. The violence continued after the match as well, 17 Serbs were arrested in Italy, and 35 more when they returned to Serbia.
Consequently, the UEFA has ordered the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) to refrain from ordering tickets for Serbian supporters for all the away matches of the Serbian team during the remainder of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying competition.
However, the sanctions for Italy came as well as the UEFA found the hosts to be responsible for failing to stop Serbian fans enter the stadium loaded with fireworks and flares.
While Italians are satisfied with the decision, the FSS didn’t exclude the possibility of an appeal.
After the UEFA’s ruling, the Azzuri reached leading position in the C Group, while the Eagles have been placed fifth, with four points from four matches.