Video: Italy v Serbia Euro 2012 qualifier suspended after crowd trouble
The pitch is on fire
Italy’s match against Serbia was suspended after just six minutes following rioting by the visiting supporters. The game, which was being played in Genoa, had already been delayed for 30 minutes by the hooligans.
Scottish referee Craig Thomson eventually got the game under way, only to call it off minutes later when flares and fireworks were thrown onto the pitch.
Serb ultras had reportedly planned to get the match abandoned in retaliation to a police crackdown on their attempts to disrupt a gay rights parade in Belgrade last weekend.
Serbia keeper Vladimir Stojkovic did not make it onto the field at all. He was taken to hospital after being attacked and threatened on the team bus before the match, although his injuries were not serious.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said that the former Wigan goalkeeper was badly shaken by the incident. He said: “Stojkovic was in our dressing room. He was shaking. He was afraid not just for tonight, but also in view of the return.”
We just can’t understand why the TV cameras seem to apportion blame to that poor balaclava-loving fisherman going about his business.
Video via 101GG