Italy awarded win against Serbia
The Serbian Football Federation (FSS) had asked for a replay of the UEFA EURO 2012 Group C qualifier, which had to be stopped after just six minutes when unruly fans in the travelling section began throwing objects onto the field and causing problems in the stands. The federation's appeal to have the game replayed was denied following an investigation by UEFA.
UEFA announced the punishment in a statement which read: "The Control and Disciplinary Body has decided to award the match as a 3-0 forfeit win to Italy. The Football Association of Serbia has been ordered to play its next two home matches behind closed doors. From this sanction, a one-match ban is deferred for a probationary period of two years.
"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.
"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 one hundred thousand euros. Both associations have three days from the dispatch of the written decisions within which to lodge an appeal."
The ruling has lifted Gli Azzurri into sole possession of top spot in Group C, three points clear of second-place Slovenia. Serbia remain fifth with just four points from four games. The Serbians are due to host Northern Ireland on 25 March 2011 before visiting Estonia four days later.