The Italy and Serbia Euro 2012 qualifying match was going as planned for a good 6 minutes, and then all hell broke loose. It was at that point that some Serbian supporters turned the stadium into a war zone. All in response to the Serbian government’s promise to protect a gay pride parade.
The kick-off at the Luigi Ferraris stadium was delayed after Serbian fans threw flares in the direction of the north stand, where Italian supporters were seated, and on to the pitch.
And only six minutes of play was possible before Scottish referee Craig Thomson called a halt to proceedings because of more flares being set off and fireworks being thrown on to the pitch, one of which landed near Italy goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.
“It was impossible to play in that goal. I would have had to constantly turn around to avoid the fireworks. It wouldn’t have been nice to get hit in the head,” added Viviano.
And of course, there’s video of the melee.