Serbia holds 19 football violence suspects

Serbia supporters riot during the Euro 2012 qualifier Serbia fans had already clashed with police, and the trouble continued during the game

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Serbian police have arrested 19 football fans over clashes in Italy on Tuesday which forced the cancellation of a Euro 2012 qualifying match.

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said the authorities would carry out a thorough inquiry into the violence.

The Italy-Serbia game in Genoa was called off after six minutes.

Serbian fans had been fighting with police and rival fans before the match, and continued to cause trouble inside the stadium.

They threw fireworks on to the pitch and tried to scale security barriers keeping the fans apart.

The 19 fans were detained as they made their way back to Serbia from Italy.

Seventeen Serbian fans have already been arrested by the Italian police.

European football's governing body, Uefa, is also investigating and has warned that Serbia's national team faces possible disciplinary action.

Analysts say Serbia's domestic game is plagued by violence, with several deaths and hundreds of serious injuries being reported over the past 20 years.

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