Italy v Serbia UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifier Abandoned Due To Crowd
The Euro 2012 Qualifier between Italy and Serbia was abandoned on October 12, 2010 after only six minutes of play. The start of the match had been postponed because of problems with the crowd. Flares and other objects were thrown onto the pitch and the safety of players was at risk. The official statement from UEFA is below.
The UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying match between Italy and Serbia in Genoa has been abandoned due to crowd trouble.
Only six minutes of play were possible at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, the kick-off of which had been delayed by 35 minutes due to crowd disturbances. It was subsequently decided to abandon the match in order to ensure the safety and security of all parties involved due to the disturbances and flares thrown by the Serbian fans.
UEFA now awaits the receipt of the official UEFA delegate’s match report before deciding whether to open a disciplinary case.
It’s unclear what will happen to the match or when it will be made up. It’s possible the match could be replayed with no fans allowed. This is another unfortunate case in international football where stupid fans have given a black eye to the sport.