Serbian Hooligans Force Euro Qualifying Match Against Italy To Be Suspended (Video)
The Italian national soccer team has been struggling to find victories over the past year, but during a European Cup qualifying match against Serbia on Tuesday, they recorded what may have been their easiest, and most decisive victory in a while. At least we expect them to be rewarded with such a victory after the game was suspended due to repeated on-field disturbances from Serbian hooligans who were in attendance at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa, Italy.
The ruckus began outside the stadium prior to the match when the Serbian hooligans began hurling objects at their team bus. Serbian keeper Vladimir Stojkovic was injured during this incident and taken to a nearby hospital after a flare struck him in the head.
Prior to the game, the hooligans were at it once again, climbing onto a glass partition and cutting through a mesh fence along the sideline. The game had to be delayed for 45 minutes, and at one point the Serbian players even attempted to settle down the rowdy crowd by applauding and giving the thumbs up to the away team’s section. That however did not work, and after several flares were tossed onto the pitch during play, one of which almost struck Italian goalkeeper Emiliano Vivian, the game was officially suspended by referee Craig Thomson of Scotland.
It is now the job of UEFA to decide how they will deal with this matter, but it is expected that Italy will be awarded a 3-0 victory and Serbia could also be punished by playing in an empty stadium or neutral site for future home games.
Here is a look at the scene prior to the game in Genoa.
Hat Tip – [TSN.ca]