Italy Given 3–0 Win Over Serbia by UEFA

by Niccolo Conte on October 30, 2010 · 2 comments

After the Italy — Ser­bia match was aban­doned due to fan trou­ble, peo­ple were unsure what UEFA would do about the entire sit­u­a­tion. But UEFA have decided, and there will be pun­ish­ment for both sides, not just for Ser­bia. Here’s an offi­cial UEFA state­ment regard­ing their decision.

The Con­trol and Dis­ci­pli­nary Body has decided to award the match as a 3–0 for­feit win to Italy. The Foot­ball Asso­ci­a­tion of Ser­bia (FSS) has been ordered to play its next two home matches behind closed doors… The Con­trol and Dis­ci­pli­nary Body has ordered the 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. The asso­ci­a­tion was also fined a total of €120,000.”

While Italy fans might be cel­e­brat­ing with this announce­ment there was also some bad news for them. Here’s UEFA’s state­ment regard­ing the FIGC.

The Ital­ian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (FIGC) received a sanc­tion of one match to be played behind closed doors. This sanc­tion is deferred for a pro­ba­tion­ary period of two years. The asso­ci­a­tion was fined €100,000.”

So what are your thoughts regard­ing the fact that the Azzurri will have to not only pay a fine of 100,000 Euros, but they’ll even have to play a match behind closed doors. Both asso­ci­a­tions have three days to appeal, and appar­ently the the Foot­ball Asso­ci­a­tion of Ser­bia is think­ing about appealing.

While I think that it’s a pretty fair result for both sides, I’d like to know what you think. Share your com­ments below!

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1 Hasan Askari October 30, 2010 at 5:21 am

spot on UEFA!..though i persoanlly believe Italian police acted sensibly in not using force on Serbian Ultras. they were asking for trouble and any use of force would have turned things ugly.


2 Niccolo Conte October 30, 2010 at 11:43 am

I agree with you Hasan, I don’t think that the Italian police did much wrong. After the match was suspended, they searched every Serbian supporters bus thoroughly, and they eventually caught the guy hiding in the luggage compartment. How could they have done better than that?


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