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    Racism, violence and intolerance in the soccer game.

    Once again Serbians have shown themselves a racist and uncivilised nation. Shocking attacks, verbal abuse which by any standards is unacceptable, is what the Serbian fans, security forces and authorities performed before, during and after the soccer game Serbia-Albania, played for the European Championship Qualification. Following some pictures of the violence suffered by the Albanian soccer players:







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    Maja Kocijancic condones anti-Albanian racism in Serbia
    I have been taken aback by the outrageous statement made by Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson to HRVP Catherine Ashton, when she praised Serbian authorities for “professionalism” in “handling the situation” in regard with recent riots on Belgrade. This biased and slovenly statement clearly display how ill informed are EU officials when it comes to the incidents incited by Serbia. The soccer match between national teams of Serbia and Albania in Belgrade was interrupted by the hideous provocations of Serbian fans. When the Albanian anthem was intoned, a crowd of more than 30.000 Serbian hooligans and thugs not only heckled and booed, but chanted the most fascist slogan “UBI UBI SIPTARA”, a profoundly racist chant which means ”Kill kill Albanians”. All Serbian fans wore fascist black t-shirts with the portrait of war criminals, Ratko Mladic and Vuk Karadzic.

    Serbian security forces did nothing to prevent hostile crowds from entering in the field and assaulting mercilessly Albanian players. There are plenty of images showing that even Serbian security forces attacked Albanian team. Is this the “professionalism” implied by Kocijancic? Most worryingly, no Serbian official has condemned the hideous racism displayed by Serbs, yet they are attempting desperately to put the blame on Albanians, implying even the most paranoid claims ever heard. There is no doubt that there was no provocation by Albanians as not a single Albanian fan was allowed to enter in the Belgrade stadium. One is tempted to ask how on earth come that Albanians in a quite ghostly fashion are the villain perpetrators of all wrongdoings shown in stadium (without being present in stadium), while more than 30.000 rabid fascists were blameless?

    Instead of such ignorant statements, EU officials must condemn the racism of Serbs, which is so well-rooted in Serbia. Its getting nowhere to turn a blind eye in regard with Serbian racism. Why Kocijancic and other EU officials dither to condemn the racism of a country which aspires to be part of EU? The dreadful statement of Kocijancic tries to sweep under the rug the hideous racism of Serbia towards Albanians. It should be borne in mind that Serbian racism rears repeatedly its ugly head all the time (racist incidents occur too often in Belgrade). The anti-Albanian, anti-Semitic and anti-Western sentiments are growing steadily in Serbia, yet EU officials are indulging Serbs to publicly demonstrate racism without even being punished. Its regrettable that the majority of Serbian society is still embedded on their fascist ideology for they seem unfit to embrace European values. The bitter truth that seems hard to be swallowed by EU officials is that most of Serbs perceive themselves as part of Russia. Therefore it is more than infuriating the mindless policy of EU to condone the racist being of Serbian society because of some vague hopes that Serbia will be divorced from Russia or the stupid obstinacy to satisfy the demands of a criminal elite on Belgrade.

    Its up to Brussels to condemn the anti-Albanian racism of Serbia because this fearful racism menace the peace of all Europe. The clouds of war are gathering as long as Serbia demonstrate hostile intentions towards its neighbors and EU just keep condoning the anti-Albanian racism. Kocijancic should apologize immediately and retract her callous statement!

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    Violating the UEFA rules, the Albanian flag is hidden behind obstacles in the stadium, meanwhile the Serbian flag, is fully visible for everyone. This was part of intimidation environment created by the Serbian authorities, who decided to prohibit any Albanian symbols, carried by the few supporters(the truth is they were journalists), contrary to the rules.



    The only Albanian flag/s in the stadium, was carried by Serbian fans with the purpose to burn it later.

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    A Serbian flag, with the political-chauvinistic message Kosovo je Serbia--Kosovo is Serbia, written in it is fully shown and tolerated by Serbian authorities, violating the UEFA rules:


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    The referee requesting firefighters help, to extinguish the fire off the flares thrown in the field by the Serbian supporters (41:16):



    That was the real reason the game was interrupted, the drone came moments later(42:42).


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    "Excited" face fans, ready for action, are released free to enter the field. Vandals with an animal expression is so common among the Serbian fans and nationalists:




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    A Serbian 'steward', part of the security personnel, participating in the violence against Albanian players. Following a picture, showing the 'steward' using fist against Lorik Cana(Albanian team captain):



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    UEFA INDULGES ANTI-ALBANIAN RACISM IN SERBIA

    I don't want to introduce my letter with any heartful word considering your reluctance to condemn the anti-Albanian racism displayed by Serbian fans. Its regrettable to see that a reputable institution like UEFA, which is supposed to be impartial in its judgments, gives unstinting support to Serbia in spite of horrific violence incited willingly by Football Association of Serbia (FAS) and other relevant institutions.

    To put it simple, Serbia did not guarantee normal conditions for the match between national team of Serbia and Albania. It deployed some measures never seen before in the history of football. No peaceful Albanian fan was allowed to enter on the ''Partizani'' stadium on Belgrade for no earthly reason, while in meantime there was no prohibition for extremist fan-groups like ''Grobari'', a well-organized Serbian fascist group which maintains close relations with certain criminal circles on Belgrade. Its beyond any doubt that ''Grobari'' furnished during 90's Serbian paramilitary units with thousands of volunteers. The history of this fun-club is riddled by numerous incidents, unbridled violence and racism in Serbia and abroad.

    Your institution is well aware of such facts, yet you never took any serious measure to give an end to this menacing force which jeopardize all Europe. It would be too time consuming to give a timeline chronology of events on 14 October match between Serbia and Albania. Your statements are alarmingly biased because you're trying to pass into silence the racism and other wrongdoings of both Serb fans and FAS. It's more than worrying that you turn a blind eye to the unbridled violence of Serbs.

    The number of deliberate assaults on Albanian players are too big to not notice. When the Albanian anthem was intoned, Serbian fans booed and heckled to the point it could barely heard the Albanian anthem. From this moment onwards, everything went awry. There were numerous banners carrying the overly provocative slogan ''Kosovo je serbija'' (Kosovo is Serbia) in spite of several rules of UEFA to not allow political messages during a match.

    Moreover, Serbian fans threw concretes to Albanian players in order to wound them as much as possible. The Serbian fans tried all the time to enter in the field while Serbian authorities did not lift a finger to halt them out. It must be noted that there was no provocation by the Albanian side because not a single Albanian fan was allowed to enter within ''Partizani'' stadium.

    The flying drone which appeared at around 41:00 minute did not cause turmoil because the unrest commenced much earlier. Serbian fans threw objects more and more, even the official referee was compelled to interrupt the game more than one time. It's very disappointing your mindless statement which tend to blatantly condone the Serbian violence.

    There is no basis to put the blame on a single drone carrying a flag with Albanian symbols, while sweeping under rug the black fascist t-shirts of Serbian fans, whose inclination towards fascism and racism is evident. It is unfair to point the finger to Albanians while there is still no investigation to reveal the author of the flying drone. The disgruntled Serbian mob reached the nadir of insanity when they chanted ''Ubi Ubi Siptara'' (Kill, Kill Albanians) and "“Ubi, zakolji, da Šiptar ne postoji” (Kill and slain, so no Albanian will exist). Is it possible that UEFA officials are deaf when it comes to such racist slogans? You heard them too well but never condemned them. It must be emphasized that the term '' Šiptar" to denote Albanians is profoundly derogatory and stretch its origin back to the Milosevic's fascist regime during 1990's.

    The basic principles of UEFA are at stake as long as its officials do not react to racist slogans of Serbs but draw the main attention to a single drone whose author is still unknown. I warn you to not employ double standards because you're about to lose once for all your already tarnished reputation as UEFA! Serbia must be punished, there are no ifs, ands, or buts. The recent history of Serbia is replete with racism shown during several matches (similar situations were seen also during Italy-Serbia match, Serbia-England, Serbia-Croatia and so forth). Don't you see any pattern or are you still itching to pluck things out of the air and invent some imaginary Albanian villain perpetrators who came out of the blue and disturbed the "heavenly peace'' on Partizani stadium? Both Serbian Government and Football Association of Serbia were unwilling to give an end to the ever-growing fascism and hooliganism during soccer matches. If UEFA dithers to act properly and hesitate to punish FAS on account of hideous racism, then the basic principles of UEFA have been gone once for all. Last but not least, Michel Platini must retract his callous statement and apologize to all Albanians!

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    Serbia – Albania Match Truth!


    Original Article in Italian by Marco Gargini: http://www.toscananews.net/home/calc...lpa-dell-uefa/



    On Tuesday (14-th of October 2014) night I watched live and closely the match Serbia-Albania. A match in which a Tuscan from Empoli played (but born in Shkodra, Albania), Elseid Hysaj. Which wasn’t an easy match especially because of motives which have nothing to do with football, and that was known to all and to UEFA as well, which didn’t allow Spain and Gibraltar to play during Euro2016, but it allowed the National team of Serbia and Albania. It’s really strange that UEFA has not taken into account that especially for Kosovo, the wounds are still open and far away from healing. I do not hide that I was amazed to read in many newspapers that the reason for the chaos during the match Serbia-Albania was to be found almost exclusively in the drone with the flag of Ethnic Albania, the flag of natives and that includes not only Albania and Kosovo but also other areas currently under the Macedonian and Greek administration. To confine what happened Tuesday night simply at the drone is not only completely wrong, but it is mostly synonymous with misinformation.The match Serbia-Albania has been accompanied since the draw for qualifying by a media campaign focused on racial hatred. From the moment of arrival at Belgrade airport, the Albanian staff had to deal with bullying and pressure. The hotel in which the National team of Albania (Land of Eagles) was residing, was virtually under siege, with hundreds of police in riot gear defending the perimeter. And we can imagine how difficult it is to prepare a game in such a climate.



    In the days prior to the match, Serbia had previously ordered that the match could be attended only the Albanians living in Albania (match forbidden, therefore, to Kosovo Albanians, the Albanians of Macedonia and to the millions of Albanians around the world) then, however, has extended the prohibition on participation in the event to all Albanians. Only a few lucky ones (about two hundred) were able to enter the stadium Partizan, but with a diktat of the Serbian authorities: no flags, coats of arms nothing worth praising Albania or face immediate arrest and summary trial. Something unheard before, and on which UEFA and FIFA cannot pretend that nothing happened. The only Albanian flags in the stadium were those brought in the stadium by the Serbian fans (???) and despite UEFA and FIFA prohibiting it; those used for the ceremony during the national anthems, the one exposed (and then hidden) next to those of

    Serbia, FIFA and UEFA’s flags against racism, (!!!) and the European qualifications flags (see photo on the left); a flag carried by an Albanian journalist. And, speaking of the Albanian colleagues, they deserve my total solidarity with the attacks suffered in the press box during the match by throwing blunt material.


    Even before the kickoff, supporters of Serbia (which had also burned the flag of NATO to which Albania is part of since 2009 and in which Serbia was invited to join when appropriate – pictured right) had begun to burn flags Kuq e Zi (red and black) with the two-headed eagle and throughout the course of the game they did not miss the chorus “Ubij, ubij Siptar”, which translated from Serbian means “Kill, kill Albanians “. And well before the arrival of the drone, the Serbs sing “Kill, eliminate the Albanian until none is left(see video below). At the time of the singing of hymns, the Albanian has been swamped with boos despite the players trying to sing it out loudly. During the whole length of the match, it rained everything on the pitch from crackers to fireworks and the going to smoke bombs. A firecracker is also exploded at a short distance from National team player directed by De Biasi, the left-handed Agolli, so much so that the referee Atkinson had to suspend the match for a while

    To those who believe that politics has entered the field with a drone, I would also point out that during the match, from the beginning of the match banners and flags with the inscription (in Serbian) “Kosovo is Serbia” had been displayed, and there were as well some banners against Bosnia and Croatia. In a climate of war, in which the match was prohibited to almost all the fans of Albania, many of which were already in possession of a ticket for the match, it seems that the only problem is a remote-controlled drone with a flag guided by a guy. A response to the Serbian authorities who had denied access to the stadium especially the Kosovars. Something that would have never happened if they had been permitted Albanian fans to follow their favorite players. I remain appalled by the statements of Michel Platini, for whom the drone could had contained a bomb. Perhaps Platini has seen too many action movies lately, but his statements are totally out of place. Quite the contrary, he should take responsibility and resign immediately, given that he allowed Serbia and Albania to face each other in the same qualifying group.

    Referee blows the whistle and stops the game when two flairs are thrown into the pitch. Please take notice of the time. The game is stopped before the famous flag drone.


    But then, the thing that leaves me astonished, is that UEFA pretends not to see that during the 41 ‘, when the match is paused, the referee Atkinson had to stop the match because of clashes between Serbian fans in the stands and riot police, and for the continued firing of flares and smoke bombs, so as to need the intervention of a firefighter. Only after about a minute the Serbian TV showed the presence of the drone and I doubt that the TV, which transmits broadcast worldwide, for nearly a minute and a half since the beginning of the riots in the stands, has not noticed the presence of the flying object which was taken as justification to Serbian violence.


    That of the 41 ‘was already the second suspension of the match, again for the unrest caused by the home crowd, already known to the whole world from the events in Genoa in 2010, before, during and after Italy-Serbia. The other suspension took place during the 36 ‘ when a firecracker had exploded near Agolli and many blunt objects rained down near the Albanian players and the linesman. The Serbian players Lazovic and Kolarov had gone to appease the fans, while both the Albanian player and the linesman moved away. After about 40 seconds of suspension and the intervention of the speaker, the game could resume, but the launching of objects continued so that the speaker went on, a couple of minutes later, and had to repeat the message.


    No, all are out to condemn a simple demonstrative gesture of a guy (not the brother of the Albanian Prime Minister, as falsely reported by the Serbian press to feed the climate of tension), perhaps risky, who introduced in a totally unusual way, an Albanian flag in a stadium during a match of Albania, since the authorities of the host country had forbidden Albanian flags. All the physical and psychological violence perpetrated by the Serbs in the days before and during the game, it seems, take a back seat in front of a drone with a flag, and not with a bomb. But the bomb was triggered by UEFA that anyway, if it was a serious body, given the recidivism of the harshest Serbian supporters after the events in Genoa (and not only), would disqualify Serbia for at least five years. Enough time to reorganize and take tough action against the violent fans. Among the many violent fans in Partizan stadium were also many simple Serbian fans, disgusted not by the drone, but the violence that accompanied an entire football game and everything around it, ruining an evening of sport.

    But it is known: even in football politics matters, and Serbia has more friends than Albania. Above all, Serbs have Denmark and Portugal, which from a possible defeat of the Albanian team, have everything to gain as they are forced to chase the men of De Biasi. No coincidence that the Rossoneri (Red and Black) staff asked all the Albanians to be heard on social networks via the hashtag #SerbiaAlbaniaTheTruth where all facts happened on Tuesday are collected. Facts that should had not happened again and on which UEFA is investigating, despite being the main culprit. Indeed, for UEFA, the Albanian players, after being subjected to psychological pressure and the beating from the fans and law enforcement Serb forces, they should had continued the game. The risk is that it all turns into a farce, condemning both the National teams. A judgment, which would legitimize the use of violence in stadiums, and would transform the principles “respect” and “no to racism” into mere propaganda slogans.

    The main chronological events:

    •12’40 “Lila is on the ground after a ball hits him in the face, while you hear the noise of the explosion of a large firecracker.
    •14’29 “ the first launch of smoke bomb on the football pitch by Serbian team supporters.
    •24’33 “ the flag of Greece is hoisted in a clearly anti-Albanian line.
    •35’11 “ some smoke bombs are thrown at the Albanian player Agolli, who is about to kick the ball from the corner. A firecracker explodes right near the corner. Some objects touch the player and assistant referee. Atkinson suspends the game for a while. Lazovic and Kolarov going to appease the fans, while both the Albanian player and the linesman leave. After 40 seconds of suspension and the intervention of the speaker, the game resumes. A couple of minutes later, the announcer calls once again not to throw objects in the field.
    •40’45 “ a bottle is thrown in the direction of Balaj.
    •40’58 “ the most die-hard Serbian “fans” attempt to invade the field. They are barely contained by the security services. Clashes with police and stewards erupt.
    •41’09 “ flares are launched on the football field.
    •41’13 “ another smoke bomb lands on the pitch. The referee, Atkinson, indicates flares and smoke bombs and momentarily suspends the game.
    •41’16 “ the referee Atkinson calls for the intervention of the fire brigade to extinguish the flares.
    •41’57 “ the drone is filmed for the first time, but the Serbian fans already had begun a few minutes to throw everything on the field, intensifying the launch by over a minute. Is it possible that the Serbian TV during this period of time have not noticed the drone? Or more simply, the drone appeared well after the beginning of the unrest?

    Just before the 45 ‘, Atkinson sends everyone in the locker room where players Albanians will be hit and beaten.

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    Serbia-Albania match The match in Belgrade was abandoned after a drone was flown over the pitch



    24 October 2014 Last updated at 13:44 GMT

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/29753007

    Share this page ShareFacebookTwitter.print..Serbia awarded Albania walkover after violence at Euro qualifier
    Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 walkover against Albania after their Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade was abandoned, Uefa has confirmed.

    But they have also had three points deducted after the game on 14 October was disrupted when a drone flew over the stadium with a political message.

    The drone carried a pro-Albania flag. Crowd disturbance and a brawl between players followed at Partizan Stadium.

    Serbia must also play two home qualifying games behind closed doors.

    Both the Serbian and Albanian FAs have been fined 100,000 euros.

    How the incident unfolded
    A drone carrying an Albanian flag is flown above the stands and pitch at the Partizan Stadium

    Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic pulls down the flag which several Albania players then attempt to take

    A melee involving numerous players ensues, prompting English referee Martin Atkinson to lead the teams off the field after some fans get onto the pitch

    Following a delay of about 30 minutes, the match is abandoned


    Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) deemed that Albania had forfeited the match and in doing so lost 3-0. But it also decided to penalise Serbia over the crowd trouble.

    Both sides are entitled to appeal against the rulings.

    Bardhyl Minxhozi, a senior member of the Albanian Football Federation's executive committee, called it "a very sad day for European football".

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    Riot police had to be brought in to restore calm but the Serbia-Albania match was abandoned, as Wendy Urquhart reports

    He added: "It's a very disappointing decision, not only for Albanian fans from a football point of view, but it's a decision which is unacceptable from a legal and a technical point of view.

    "We have a very dangerous precedent from this decision."

    Serbia will have to play their Group I Euro 2016 qualifiers against Denmark and Armenia in an empty stadium.

    The match between the Balkan sides earlier this month, at which no away fans were permitted, was interrupted late in the first half when a flag depicting a notional 'Greater Albania', was flown over the terraces and pitch by what appeared to be a remote-controlled drone.

    Serbia's Stefan Mitrovic grabbed the flag, prompting an angry reaction from Albanian players.

    A brawl between the players followed after several Albanian players snatched the flag from Mitrovic and they then had to run into the tunnel for cover as some home fans invaded the pitch and attacked them.

    Premier League referee Martin Atkinson suspended play in the 41st minute with the score at 0-0 and Uefa confirmed the match had been abandoned after a delay of about 30 minutes.


    Serbia-Albania match A brawl broke out on the pitch between the players and some home fans


    Serbia-Albania match Albania players had objects thrown at them as they ran from the pitch

    Albanian fans had been banned from entering the stadium by Uefa on safety grounds and the match was set against a backdrop of tight security.

    There are long-standing tensions between the nations over Kosovo, the province with which both share a disputed border, and which is recognised as independent by the United States and major European Union countries.

    It is not recognised as independent by Serbia - a bone of contention with Albania.

    The two sides are due to meet in their return fixture next October.

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    The Guardian, Friday 24 October 2014 12.35 EDT

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    Serbia’s charge sheet is absurdly long and Uefa needs to get tough



    The sight of the remote control drone over the Belgrade pitch in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Albania was just the latest incident to make Europe’s governing body look naive

    “Politicians should take care of politics but sport needs to be a place of brotherhood which brings people together.” So said Michel Platini earlier this year on one of the Uefa president’s regular diversions down the blind alley marked “sport and politics should not mix”.

    As that drone floated surreally over the Belgrade pitch on 14 October, sparking the extraordinary mayhem that followed on the pitch, it was just the latest incident to make that stance look naive at best and dangerous at worst.

    In a sport that has all but lost the power to shock, the sight of a remote control drone trailing the flag of “Greater Albania” – a concept that Albanians insist is never used in modern parlance – over the pitch was the precursor to half an hour of chaos and confusion before Martin Atkinson called the game off.

    Uefa’s independent disciplinary committee, having sifted through evidence from both Serbia and Albania, decided on the plague-on-all-their-houses approach on Friday. Serbia were awarded a 3-0 walkover but had three points deducted, both countries were fined €100,000 each and Serbia were ordered to play their next two home qualifiers, against Denmark on 14 November and Armenia on 4 September next year, behind closed doors.

    In the absence of any definitive evidence on who actually flew the drone, it is a verdict that looks tough on the Albanians – who find themselves without any points and three goals worse off. The decision means that Albania, who began their campaign with a shock 1-0 win over Portugal, have four points from three games and Serbia one point from two. Denmark have four points, Portugal three and Armenia one.

    It is a given that in any quasi-judicial process each side will aggressively present their case in the best light. But the Ministry of Truth tone of the Serbian submission, in which the Albanian FA was accused of orchestrating the drone incident as part of a premeditated “terrorist act”, verged on the ridiculous.

    All who were there have commented on the supercharged atmosphere among a crowd whipped into a frenzy by the nationalism stirred up by their first clash with Albania in Belgrade since 1968. Held against the backdrop of longstanding tensions over Kosovo, the former Serbian province declared independence in 2008 and is populated mainly by ethnic Albanians, the match was always going to be a flashpoint. That tension erupted into war in 1998 and was halted only by a Nato bombing campaign a year later, but not before 10,000 people had lost their lives.

    Despite the absence of away fans the atmosphere was not helped by a security operation that, according to eyewitnesses, was woefully inadequate. Stones, lighters, coins, flares, chunks of crumbling terrace and other objects – the Albanian FA’s submission claims a wheelbarrow was spotted on the terraces – found their way on to the pitch having been hurled in the direction of Albanian players.

    Banners glorifying war criminals were openly displayed and songs raining down from the terraces included “Kill, kill, kill the Albanians” and “Burn them, burn them alive until there are none left”. The sight of the notorious hooligan Ivan Bogdanov in the crowd felt symbolically significant of a lack of desire or ability among the Serbian authorities to properly police the game and a reminder of the close links between Belgrade’s ultras and Arkan’s murderous rampage across the region in the late 90s.

    When all hell broke loose in the wake of the drone incident – with stewards, fans and (allegedly) the police attacking Albanian players as they ran from the pitch, shielded by their Serbian counterparts – the powder keg had required only a spark.

    There can be little doubt that the surreal drone and its offensive cargo provided that spark. But for all we (and Uefa) might suspect it was an Albanian flying it, without proof it is surely difficult to censure them for it. Disentangling the toxic web of claim and counter claim in cases such as this is never going to be easy but not for the first time Uefa seems to have fallen between several stools.

    The Albanian FA claims that up to six players were so badly injured that they were unable to carry on. The Serbians, insist that they offered to replay the game later in the week behind closed doors. The Albanians claim no such offer was made and that in any case their players were due back with their clubs.

    There is little doubt that both sides were culpable. But while Serbia will face the loss of revenue from two home matches behind closed doors, it is Albania who suffered the greater sporting penalty.

    Amid the tit-for-tat statements and inflated rhetoric, Albania’s chances of qualifying for Euro 2016 have taken a hit. What if Serbia qualify on goal difference ahead of them? More pressingly, what will Uefa do about the return match in Albania in 12 months’ time?

    The charge sheet against Serbia is getting absurdly long. Four years ago, a Euro 2012 qualifier with Italy was suspended amid scenes of mayhem. There have been regular incidents involving Serbian clubs in European competition and in December 2012 England’s under-21 match ended in chaos with players being attacked on the pitch amid accusations of racism.

    Two games behind closed doors is unlikely to remedy the problem, particularly while Serbians remain aggressively in denial. Both sides will appeal.

    Last week was designated a Uefa “no to racism action week”, the latest reminder that TV adverts, T-shirts and warm words are all very well. But until they are backed by coherent decisions from Uefa’s disciplinary body, they will not achieve much.

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    UEFA's decision was based on the Albania's refusal to continue the game, and this is punishable under UEFA's act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uranus View Post
    UEFA's decision was based on the Albania's refusal to continue the game, and this is punishable under UEFA's act.
    Are you saying the Albanians players were physically and psychologically fit to continue that game, after the violence they suffered from an entire stadium, including the security personnel?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uranus View Post
    UEFA's decision was based on the Albania's refusal to continue the game, and this is punishable under UEFA's act.

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