Italy gets win in abandoned game

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NYON, Switzerland -- UEFA awarded Italy a 3-0 win over Serbia on Friday for the recent Euro 2012 qualifier that was abandoned because of fan violence.

The Oct. 7 match in Italy was stopped after seven minutes with the score tied 0-0 due to rioting. Serbian fans had fireworks and flares in the stadium. The start of the match had already been delayed due to the violence.

Serbia was also ordered to play one home qualifier in an empty stadium, and a second game will be added if there is more violence. Serbia fans were barred from traveling to the team's away matches during the remainder of qualifying.

Italy also faces the same consequences, playing a game in an empty stadium, if there is more violence at another one of its home matches. Both countries were fined.

With the awarded result, Italy leads Group C in qualifying with 10 points. The Serbians are fifth with four points.

Despite the sanctions, which will force Serbia to play Northern Ireland in an empty stadium, Serbia fans will be allowed to watch the second game with Italy next October in Serbia.


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