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UEFA opens investigation on Italy-Serbia incidents

A full investigation and independent disciplinary proceedings will take place following the abandonment of the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier between Italy and Serbia in Genoa on Tuesday, a UEFA release informs.
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 yesterday 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. 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.

ivan markovic, boogeyman who shocked italy, has been arrested

Ivan Markovic, the “boogeyman” who started the inferno in the game that Italy played against Serbia, has been arrested by Italian authorities, the Serb hooligan being discovered while hiding in a motor coach’s luggage compartment, ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ informs. Ivan was identified thanks to the tattoos that cover almost his entire body. “The masked imbecile has been detained,” the Italian journalists wrote. The EURO 2012 qualifier game that pitted Italy against Serbia was suspended because of the Serb fans. Their violent behavior prompted Scottish referee Craig Thompson to put an end to the game after several attempts to resume it.

“The whole of Europe saw the disgrace and shame brought about by the Serb fans that kept us under siege at our hotel for two days,” Tomislav Karadzic, president of the Serbian Football Federation, stated.
Markovic wore a mask within the stadium in Genoa and led the group of Serb fans that cut the protection nets, threw smoke bombs towards the Italian fans, burnt the Albanian flag and made obscene gestures towards the stewards.


Belgium 4 Austria 4

Kazakhstan 0 Germany 3

Azerbaijan 1 Turkey 0

Germany tops Group A with 14 points.


Macedonia 0 Russia 1; Slovakia 1 Ireland 1; Armenia 4 Andorra 0;

Russia tops Group B with 9 points.


Faroe Islands 1 Northern Ireland 1; Estonia 0 Slovenia 1; Italy v Serbia – match abandoned;

Italy tops Group C with 7 points.


France 2 Luxembourg 0; Belarus 2 Albania 0; France tops Group D with 9 points.


Netherlands 4 Sweden 1; San Marino 0 Moldova 2; Finland 1 Hungary 2;

Netherlands tops group E with 12 points.


Greece 2 Israel 1; Latvia 1 Georgia 1;

Greece tops Group F with 8 points.


England 0 Montenegro 0; Switzerland 4 Wales 1; Montenegro tops Group D with 10 points.


Iceland 1 Portugal 3

Denmark 2 Cyprus 0

Norway tops Group H with 9 points.


Scotland 2 Spain 3

Liechtenstein 0 Czech Republic 2

Spain tops Group I with 9 points.

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