Tuesday 12 December 2017

In brief: Serbia facing ban after Genoa riots

Serbia face a ban from international football following a riot by their supporters that caused Tuesday night's Euro 2012 qualifier with Italy in Genoa to be abandoned after six minutes.

Italian police arrested 17 people, including the ring leader, who was found hiding in the boot of a bus, following the violence that left 16 people, including two policemen, injured.

Uefa yesterday announced it had opened a "full and thorough disciplinary investigation into the incidents of serious disorder" at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Sanctions could range from a large fine to disqualification from competitions in progress and/or exclusion from future competitions.

Group C leaders Italy are also likely to be awarded a 3-0 walkover victory.

Hunt targets weekend return to Wolves action

STEPHEN HUNT is targeting a Premier League return this weekend after ending eight months of injury hell, writes Daniel McDonnell.

The Waterford man made a welcome return to football on Tuesday evening, coming through 45 minutes of a reserve-team meeting with Wigan without suffering any reaction to the foot injury he picked up with previous employers Hull.

Mick McCarthy showed huge faith in Hunt by shelling out £3m for him when the winger was stuck on the treatment table. Now, the Ireland man is hoping McCarthy will take a gamble this weekend by placing him on the bench for their clash with West Ham.

"To play 15-20 minutes on Saturday might not be beyond me," said Hunt. "The foot felt good on Tuesday and I was happy to get 45 minutes. To play 45 was always the plan.

"I found myself making the runs I normally make and I'm going to get sharper and better as the weeks go on. But the real stuff is on Saturday at 3.0. That pressure is what I really enjoy and hopefully I can have a taste of it this weekend, then at Chelsea the following week."

Chelsea's Benayoun out for six months

Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun will be out of action for six months with an Achilles injury discovered on international duty.

The Israeli suffered a calf injury in Chelsea's September 22 League Cup defeat to Newcastle, but after joining up with his international squad before their Euro 2012 qualifiers against Croatia and Greece, a scan also revealed a torn Achilles tendon.

Irish Independent

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