Chiellini reveals Serbia confusion

Posted on 16/10/2010

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Giorgio Chiellini admits at first the Italy players “didn’t realise what was happening” in the abandoned Euro 2012 qualifier with Serbia.

The game was postponed by 45 minutes due to crowd trouble, then suspended completely when visiting hooligans wrecked parts of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

“It was above all terrible for the number of children who were in the stadium,” said Juventus defender Chiellini.

“There were around a thousand in the stands and those who walked out on to the pitch with the players didn’t understand what was happening. They kept asking us why we weren’t playing.”

The teams came out for the national anthem, but then went straight back in again after it became clear their safety could not be guaranteed.

“We didn’t realise what was happening, especially as at first we only saw a couple of flares.

“Once we got out on to the pitch for the anthems and the Serbian players told us they were attacked on the team bus, that they even wanted to stab their goalkeeper, we understood the gravity of the situation.”


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