Italy awarded win following Serbia riot

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UEFA today awarded Italy a 3-0 victory over Serbia after their Euro 2012 qualifier had to be abandoned on October 12.

Serbia fans that travelled to Genoa for the game threw missiles and fireworks onto the Luigi Ferraris pitch during the Group C qualifier, which was stopped just six minutes into the contest.

Local police made numerous arrests before and after the game.

UEFA launched an investigation and announced the punishment today.

In addition to the defeat, UEFA have ordered Serbia to play their next two games behind close doors, although the second match could eventually be played in front of fans.

Italy did not escape punishment as UEFA have also handed them a suspended one-match stadium ban.

The Italian football federation (FIGC) released a statement which confirmed the punishment as "a 3-0 victory in favour of Italy and two games behind closed doors for Serbia, of which one is conditional".

It continued: "Italy have been given a conditional one game behind closed doors.

"This is the decision of the disciplinary commission of UEFA which met today in Nyon, based on the abandonment of the game between Italy and Serbia on October 12 in Genoa following the crowd unrest by Serbian fans."

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