Convicted Serbian fans deported from Italy

Convicted Serbian fans deported from Italy

Published May. 24, 2011 3:26 p.m. ET

Police say a Serbian fan convicted for instigating a riot at a European Championship qualifier in Italy in October has been deported from Genoa.

Ivan Bogdanov, sentenced by an Italian court to three years and three months in jail, and another Serb fan leader were on Tuesday immediately sent to a Serbian prison amid fears that they could repeat the offense.

UEFA awarded Italy a 3-0 win over Serbia after the Oct. 12 match which was stopped in the seventh minute with the score 0-0 because of fan riots.

Wearing a black mask, 29-year-old Bogdanov climbed onto a barrier separating fans from the field, used a wire cutter to slice apart a mesh fence, and launched fireworks onto the field as he encouraged other Serbian fans to do the same.