MILAN - Four Serbian football hooligans were
expelled from Italy and banned from returning for five years on
Wednesday for their involvement in a riot that caused the
abandonment of a Euro 2012 qualifier last October.
The four had faced jail terms but the judge accepted a plea
bargain that they would stay away from Italy, ANSA news agency
Ivan Bogdanov, the ringleader of the riot who scaled a fence
at the Genoa stadium and threw flares on to the pitch and into
the stands at the Italy-Serbia game, will instead be tried in
March, along with three other fans, for a variety of crimes.
Italy were awarded a 3-0 walkover win by UEFA following the
abandonment of the game and Serbia were told they would have to
play at least one home match behind closed doors.
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