Monday, April 23, 2012

Italy: Genoa soccer fans hold match hostage, demand players take off uniforms

Genoa risks a multi-match home stadium ban and could face even harsher measures in the wake of a protest-filled 4-1 loss to Siena. It's the latest in a long list of crowd trouble at Serie A matches, and Italian Olympic Committee President Giovanni Petrucci declared Monday that the situation is "beyond the point of no return." Sunday's match with Siena was suspended for about 45 minutes early in the second half, when Genoa fans threw flares onto the pitch and climbed atop barriers as they were faced by stewards in riot gear. With their side trailing 4-0, players tried to appease the hard-core "ultra" fans by removing their shirts to acknowledge they weren't worthy of wearing them.

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