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Serbia set to ask Uefa for replay of Italy game

A mask-wearing Serbian fan sets off a flare in the stadium
Widespread trouble caused by Serbian supporters delayed kick-off

Serbia are set to ask Uefa for a replay of Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier in Italy which was abandoned after crowd trouble in Genoa.

Pre-match clashes in Genoa had already delayed the kick-off, and the match was called off after only six minutes.

"We will meet with Uefa president Michel Platini on 18 October and ask for a replay," said association president Tomislav Karadzic.

Karadzic blamed the violence on poor organisation by the Italian FA.

"The FSS Executive Board is unanimous in the assessment that it was up to the Italian Football Association to organise the match properly," he added.

"We had information that some fan groups from Serbia were going to cause trouble and we duly notified the Italian FA and police what might happen."

FSS security commissioner Milivoje Mirkov said: "The policing by the Italian authorities was weak outside the stadium before the match, as it was in the riots that broke out inside the ground."

Serbian fans attacked their own team bus before the kick off, focusing on the team's goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic, who played for Red Star Belgrade before joining city rivals Partizan on loan from Sporting Lisbon in August.

The fans also threw flares at Italian players and fans inside the Luigi Ferraris stadium.

But Italy Football Federation (FIGC) president Giancarlo Abete believes his federation is not to blame for the problems which occurred.

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"The FIGC believes that it has fully carried out its duty," said Abete, who was with Italy's under-21 team on Tuesday.

"At the Ferraris stadium, there had already been played Champions League and Europa League games, it's a stadium where two high level teams like Genoa and Sampdoria play and prior to Tuesday night's game, the problem was the state of the pitch - not the safety issue.

Abete also confirmed that his federation had sent Uefa a video of what occurred on Tuesday night.

Uefa's control and disciplinary body, who will meet on 28 October, has several sanctions available, ranging from a large fine to expelling Serbia from the Euro 2012 qualifiers and future competitions but Karadzic is hoping that the punishment will not be too severe.

"We are not optimistic about the verdict but we will try to present our case and make it clear that the FSS did everything in its power to prevent the incidents," he said.

"However, no punishment should come as a surprise."

On Friday, Serbian police detained 16 fans on their return from Italy. It followed the detention of 19 fans on Thursday while police in Italy made 17 arrests and 16 people were sent to hospital after the match. Two policemen were among the injured.

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