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Albania prime minister's visit to Serbia postponed following soccer brawl that fueled tensions

Albania prime minister's visit to Serbia postponed following soccer brawl that fueled tensions
A fight breaks out on the pitch between Serbian fans and Albanian national team players, with from right, Albania's Lorik Cana, Albania's Ansi Agolli, match official, 3rd left Serbia's Nenad Tomovic holding Albanian flag, Albania's Bekim Balaj, and soccer fan at left, during the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying match between Serbia and Albania, at the Partizan stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The match was suspended on Tuesday after pitch skirmishes involving players (usnews.com)

Football: Both Serbia, Albania hope for favourable UEFA ruling

(BELGRADE) - Both Serbia and Albania are hoping for a favourable ruling from UEFA when European football's governing body meets Thursday over the violence that halted the Balkan rivals' Euro 2016 qualifier last week. Both countries blame each other for the trouble at the match which then escalated into an unprecedented political crisis. Serbia could be held responsible for several issues linked with the organisation of the October 14 game, notably since Serbian fans invaded the pitch (eubusiness.com)

City's poor have zero chance of being heard

THIS great city is Europe's heart ­disease capital, offering life expectancy on a par with Albania and ­Palestine. We're UK leader in teenage pregnancy, one in three of all city kids lives in poverty and thousands need food banks. With 800,000 people in Scotland also in poverty, why are we not taking to the streets in far greater numbers than the few thousand who rallied in George Square at the weekend? Other than those committed trade unionists and anti-poverty campaigners, who else (eveningtimes.co.uk)

Man suspected of flying drone over Man City-Spurs match arrested outside Etihad Stadium | Dirty Tackle - Yahoo Sports Canada

Man suspected of flying drone over Man City-Spurs match arrested outside Etihad Stadium | Dirty Tackle - Yahoo Sports Canada
(Getty/PA)With concerns over the impact of drones on football heightened in the wake of the Serbia-Albania match being abandoned due to one such device, a man has been arrested after allegedly flying a drone over the Etihad during Man City's 4-1 win against Spurs. From the Manchester Evening News: Police believed a man was controlling the device on the car park of the Asda store opposite the stadium. A 41-year-old from Nottingham was arrested and has been bailed for eight weeks pending (yahoo.com)

After drone stunt and football row, Serbia says Albania not mature enough to join European union

After drone stunt and football row, Serbia says Albania not mature enough to join European union
A remote-controlled plane trailing a flag of 'Greater Albania' - which includes Kosovo and parts of Serbia and other Balkan states - flew over Belgrade's football stadium, provoking a brawl between players and a pitch invasion during the Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday. Serbia said on Thursday Albania was "not mature enough" to join the European Union, escalating a war of words provoked by a drone stunt at a soccer match that stirred resentments just as the Balkan neighbours were (dnaindia.com)

'Serbia and Albania FAs face severe fines'

'Serbia and Albania FAs face severe fines'
Uefa disciplinary committee member Rudolf Repka hinted that it is unlikely the two nations will be disqualified from Euro 2016, but is sure they will be punished heavily The football associations of Serbia and Albania face severe punishments for the abandonment of their Euro 2016 qualifying match, but it is unlikely either nation will be expelled from the competition, according to Uefa disciplinary committee member Rudolf Repka. The match between the two sides was halted in the first (goal.com)

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Who and Where • Stephen and Lynn Muench of St. Louis pose at Rozafa Castle overlooking Shkodër, Albania.The trip • Albania was one of many stops on a 30-day, five-country, self-organized tour of the Balkans, including Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro and Croatia.Travel tip • “Allow yourself plenty of time to get around in the less-than-perfect buses,” says Stephen. “Enjoy the $8 liter of homemade wine,” he adds.Contribute • Email your photo to stlpost@gmail.com. Include (stltoday.com)

Albania, Serbia postpone visit after soccer brawl - Beloit Daily News: World News

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A planned visit this week by Albania's prime minister to Serbia, the first in nearly 70 years, has been postponed for next month, authorities said Sunday, after political tensions soared between the two Balkan rivals following a soccer brawl. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Albanian counterpart Edi Rama spoke on the phone and agreed to meet on Nov. 10 instead of Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the Serbian premier's office. "The two prime (beloitdailynews.com)

Albania, Serbia postpone visit after soccer brawl

Albania, Serbia postpone visit after soccer brawl
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A planned visit this week by Albania's prime minister to Serbia, the first in nearly 70 years, has been postponed for next month, authorities said Sunday, after political tensions soared between the two Balkan rivals following a soccer brawl.Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Albanian counterpart Edi Rama spoke on the phone and agreed to meet on Nov. 10 instead of Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the Serbian premier's office."The two prime (globegazette.com)

Albania prime minister's visit to Serbia postponed following soccer brawl that fueled tensions

Serbian riot police officers clash with Serbian national team supporters during the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying match between Serbia and Albania at the Partizan stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The 2016 European Championship qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned on Tuesday after skirmishes broke out on the pitch involving players and fans over an Albanian flag that was flown above the stadium by a drone. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic) (The Associated (foxnews.com)

Albania, Serbia postpone visit after soccer brawl

Albania, Serbia postpone visit after soccer brawl
New military medical team to help with Ebola in USNew military medical team to help with Ebola in USUpdated: Sunday, October 19 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-10-19 17:45:13 GMTDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the...Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support (kswo.com)

Albania, Serbia postpone visit after soccer brawl

Albania, Serbia postpone visit after soccer brawl
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - A planned visit this week by Albania's prime minister to Serbia, the first in nearly 70 years, has been postponed for next month, authorities said Sunday, after political tensions soared between the two Balkan rivals following a soccer brawl. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Albanian counterpart Edi Rama spoke on the phone and agreed to meet on Nov. 10 instead of Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the Serbian premier's office. "The two prime (cbs8.com)

Albania, Serbia postpone visit after soccer brawl - Beloit Daily News: World News

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A planned visit this week by Albania's prime minister to Serbia, the first in nearly 70 years, has been postponed for next month, authorities said Sunday, after political tensions soared between the two Balkan rivals following a soccer brawl. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Albanian counterpart Edi Rama spoke on the phone and agreed to meet on Nov. 10 instead of Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the Serbian premier's office. "The two prime (beloitdailynews.com)

Albania, Serbia postpone visit after soccer brawl

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- A planned visit this week by Albania's prime minister to Serbia, the first in nearly 70 years, has been postponed for next month, authorities said Sunday, after political tensions soared between the two Balkan rivals following a soccer brawl. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Albanian counterpart Edi Rama spoke on the phone and agreed to meet on Nov. 10 instead of Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the Serbian premier's office. "The two prime (hosted.ap.org)

Albania Prime Minister's Visit to Serbia Postponed

A planned visit this week by Albania's prime minister to Serbia, the first in nearly 70 years, has been postponed for next month, after political tensions soared between the two Balkan rivals following a soccer brawl. A statement issued by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's office says he and Albanian counterpart Edi Rama spoke on the phone Sunday and agreed to meet on Nov. 10 instead of Wednesday. The statement adds the two have pledged "to not let go of the opportunity to (abcnews.go.com)

Serbia to decide on Albanian PM visit after football mayhem

Serbia to decide on Albanian PM visit after football mayhem
Serbian PM Vucic will decide by the end of the week whether to allow the first trip by his Albanian PM Rama to Serbia in 68 years MAYHEM ON THE PITCH. Players brawl on the pitch before the UEFA EURO 2016 group I qualifying soccer match between Serbia and Albania is suspended in Belgrade, Serbia. Photo by Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA BELGRADE, Serbia - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday, October 17, he was undecided whether his Albanian counterpart should go ahead with a (rappler.com)

Djordjevic: 'No bad blood' with Lazio's Albanians

Djordjevic: 'No bad blood' with Lazio's Albanians
Lazio striker Filip Djordjevic said there is no tension between himself and Albanian team-mates Lorik Cana and Etrit Berisha.The Euro 2016 Group I qualifier between Balkan rivals Serbia and Albania was abandoned in Belgrade on Tuesday after a drone flying over Stadion Partizana sparked an on-field brawl. With scores locked at 0-0 in the 41st minute, a drone flew over the pitch carrying a banner that appeared to feature an Albanian flag and slogan in the Serbian capital. Serbia defender (fourfourtwo.com)

Serbia and Albania FAs face severe fines - Repka - Yahoo Sports Singapore

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´No bad blood´ - Djordjevic

18 October 2014 01:34 Lazio striker Filip Djordjevic said there is no tension between himself and Albanian team-mates Lorik Cana and Etrit Berisha.The Euro 2016 Group I qualifier between Balkan rivals Serbia and Albania was abandoned in Belgrade on Tuesday after a drone flying over Stadion Partizana sparked an on-field brawl.With scores locked at 0-0 in the 41st minute, a drone flew over the pitch carrying a banner that appeared to feature an Albanian flag and slogan in the Serbian (soccerway.com)

15 pitch invaders arrested during Ligue 1 clash of Nice and SC Bastia - Yahoo News India

Players of Nice and SC Bastia fight after their match 15 Nice fans were arrested during their match against SC Bastia in the Ligue 1, which ended up in a 1-0 defeat to Bastia. It looks like politics and football got mixed again. Just days after Serbia’s Euro 2015 qualifier with Albania was abandoned in appalling scenes, this match between Nice and Bastia saw a group of ultras invade the pitch after the substitute goalkeeper of Bastia waved a Corsican flag at Nice’s supporters.  (yahoo.com)

Serbia accuses Albania of provocation after brawl

The referee halted and then abandoned the scoreless European Championship qualifying match in the 41st minute Tuesday night when a Serbian player grabbed the banner — which carried a map of Albania enlarged to include chunks of its neighbors — and Albanian players tried to protect it. As the players clashed, Serbian fans then ran onto the field and clashed with Albanian players. Serbian police announced an investigation Wednesday into who remotely piloted the drone that flew for (oleantimesherald.com)

Serbian police recover drone which sparked brawl in Euro 2016 qualifier

Serbian police recover drone which sparked brawl in Euro 2016 qualifier
Serbian police have recovered the drone which sparked a brawl at the Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania earlier this week. The drone carried a banner with an Albanian nationalist message, igniting fights between players and among fans.  The police will attempt to trace the drone back to the person who purchased and determine who may have flown it, according to The Associated Press.  The brawl erupted shortly before the end of the first half, and the match was abandoned. (soccer.si.com)

Arrest made after Albanian businesses attacked in northern Serbia

Arrest made after Albanian businesses attacked in northern Serbia
Updated OCT 17, 2014 10:26a ET Serbian police say they have detained one person suspected in a spate of attacks on Albanian-owned businesses in northern Serbia after a soccer brawl this week at a game between Serbia and Albania. Police said Friday they are searching for other suspects involved in several attacks on bakeries, fast-food stands and other businesses owned by the country's minority ethnic Albanians. Senior official Aleksandar Nikolic says the attacks ''will not be (foxsports.com)

Football - Partizan plead for derby calm after Euro qualifying chaos - Yahoo Eurosport UK

The fixture, which has a history of crowd trouble, comes after Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned at the same venue when a drone stunt sparked a brawl between players and a pitch invasion by the home fans.Those scenes, which stopped the Group I qualifier in the 41st minute, were all too familiar in the city, where the Belgrade derby has long been plagued by violent incidents."There is absolutely no doubt the whole of Europe will be watching and any (yahoo.com)

Albanian PM sticks to Serbia visit despite football mayhem

(TIRANA) - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama will make a planned landmark visit to Serbia despite violence that led to the abandoning of a Serbia-Albania football match, an official said here on Friday. "Rama confirmed that he has decided to travel to Belgrade" on October 22, in the first visit of an Albanian prime minister to Serbia in 68 years, deputy prime minister Niko Peleshi told AFP. The visit would come barely a week after a Euro 2016 qualifying tie in the Serbian capital had to (eubusiness.com)

Albania FA: Players were assaulted

Albania FA: Players were assaulted
Albania claim their players were assaulted by fans, stewards and police in Belgrade at the now-infamous Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia which was abandoned after the violent scenes. UEFA has charged both countries with a number of offences following the game, which saw a melee erupt on the pitch after a mini unmanned drone trailed a pro-Albania flag over the stadium. Serbia have claimed the incident had been a “scenario of a terrorist action planned in advance”, but the Albanian (westernpeople.com)

Albania captain claims steward hit him

Albania captain claims steward hit him
Updated: Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 20:10 Serbian supporters invade the pitch Albania captain Lorik Cana has backed up the Albania FA's claim that players were assaulted by fans and stewards at the now-infamous Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia which was abandoned amid violent scenes. UEFA has charged both countries with a number of offences following the game, which saw a melee erupt on the pitch after a mini unmanned drone trailed a pro-Albania flag over the stadium. Serbia have (rte.ie)

Albania's PM 'disappointed' but undaunted by drone incident

By Scott Malone CAMBRIDGE Mass. Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:47pm EDT CAMBRIDGE Mass. (Reuters) - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said he was "disappointed" at Serbian officials' comments following a drone stunt at a soccer match this week but vowed on Thursday to push ahead with plans to meet his counterpart in Belgrade next week. Relations between the two countries have been tense since a Tuesday incident in which a drone bearing a flag representing "Greater Albania," an area covering (reuters.com)

Albania FA: Players were assaulted

Albania FA: Players were assaulted
Albania claim their players were assaulted by fans, stewards and police in Belgrade at the now-infamous Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia which was abandoned after the violent scenes. UEFA has charged both countries with a number of offences following the game, which saw a melee erupt on the pitch after a mini unmanned drone trailed a pro-Albania flag over the stadium. Serbia have claimed the incident had been a "scenario of a terrorist action planned in advance", but the Albania FA (herefordtimes.com)

UEFA president worried that drones could drop bombs on football pitches - Yahoo Sports Canada

PARIS - UEFA President Michel Platini fears that drones could be used to drop bombs on football pitches.Speaking to French TV channel TF1, Platini made his comments after an Albanian nationalist banner flown by a drone over a stadium in Belgrade ignited a brawl on the field and fueled political tensions between Balkan rivals Serbia and Albania.Platini called the incident "shameful," and expressed his fears about possible drone attacks in the future.The Frenchman said "just imagine that (yahoo.com)

1 detained for attacks on Albanian shops in Serbia - Westport News

1 detained for attacks on Albanian shops in Serbia - Westport News
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police say they have detained one person suspected in a spate of attacks on Albanian-owned businesses in northern Serbia after a soccer brawl this week at a game between Serbia and Albania.Police said Friday they are searching for other suspects involved in several attacks on bakeries, fast-food stands and other businesses owned by the country's minority ethnic Albanians. Senior official Aleksandar Nikolic says the attacks "will not be tolerated." (westport-news.com)

After soccer row, Serbia says Albania not mature enough for Europe - Yahoo News India

By Matt Robinson and Benet Koleka BELGRADE/TIRANA (Reuters) - Serbia said on Thursday Albania was "not mature enough" to join the European Union, escalating a war of words provoked by a drone stunt at a soccer match that stirred resentments just as the Balkan neighbours were seeking better relations. The remarks, by Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, prompted Tirana to summon Belgrade's envoy and cast further doubt on a visit by Albania's premier to Belgrade on Oct. 22, (yahoo.com)

After football row, Serbia says Albania not mature enough for Europe - Yahoo News UK

By Matt Robinson and Benet Koleka BELGRADE/TIRANA (Reuters) - Serbia said on Thursday Albania was "not mature enough" to join the European Union, escalating a war of words provoked by a drone stunt at a soccer match that stirred resentments just as the Balkan neighbours were seeking better relations. The remarks, by Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, prompted Tirana to summon Belgrade's envoy and cast further doubt on a visit by Albania's premier to Belgrade on Oct. 22, (yahoo.com)

Albania captain Lorik Cana has backed up the Albania Football Association's claim that players were assaulted by fans and stewards at the now-infamous Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia which was abandoned amid violent scenes.

Albania captain Lorik Cana has backed up the Albania Football Association's claim that players were assaulted by fans and stewards at the now-infamous Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia which was abandoned amid violent scenes.
Albania captain Lorik Cana returns from the abandoned Euro 2016 clash with Serbia UEFA has charged both countries with a number of offences following the game, which saw a melee erupt on the pitch after an unmanned drone trailed a pro-Albania flag over the stadium.Serbia have claimed the incident had been a "scenario of a terrorist action planned in advance'', but the Albania FA hit back saying the team were targeted even before the game when stones were thrown at the bus, and its (sportinglife.com)

Most Russians 'don't care' about Western sanctions

Most Russians 'don't care' about Western sanctions
EU candidate countries have joined the sanctions against Russia, which Brussels imposed on September 12. Montenegro, Iceland, Albania and Ukraine, as well as Liechtenstein, Norway and members of the European Economic Area have thus joined the EU sanctions against Russia, the Vedomosti reports. It goes about the sanctions that restrict access for Russian banks and companies to the capital market of the EU. The sanctions also affect oil, aviation and defense industries. In September, (pravda.ru)

UEFA president worried drones could drop bombs on soccer fields Add to ...

UEFA president worried drones could drop bombs on soccer fields
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UEFA President Michel Platini fears that drones could be used to drop bombs on football pitches.Speaking to French TV channel TF1, Platini made his comments after an Albanian nationalist banner flown by a drone over a stadium in Belgrade ignited a brawl on the field and fueled political tensions between Balkan rivals Serbia and Albania. Platini called the incident “shameful,” and expressed his fears about possible drone attacks in the future.The Frenchman said “just imagine that (theglobeandmail.com)

Fight! Fight! Fight! Mass brawl leads to 12 RED CARDS!

Fight! Fight! Fight! Mass brawl leads to 12 RED CARDS!
The football world was shocked earlier this week by the disgraceful scenes that forced the Serbia-Albania Euro 2016 qualifier to be abandoned. But, compared to this 'action' from Argentina, that was little more than a playground scuffle. This on-field brawl between players from Deportivo Roca and Cipolletti during a third tier match is nothing short of remarkable and led to an astonishing 12 red cards! And there wasn't a drone in sight...! '); $(".field-name-field-old-d6-burli").hide (talksport.com)

Serb police nab drone that triggered Balkan ruckus

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police say they have found the drone that flew an Albanian nationalist banner over a soccer stadium in Belgrade, igniting a brawl on the field and fueling simmering political tensions between Balkan rivals Serbia and Albania. Police chief Nebojsa Stefanovic said Thursday that the small drone, last seen being carried off by a Serb fan during the stadium brawl, will be checked to see where it was manufactured and purchased and who could have flown it. (bigstory.ap.org)

Serbia and Albania await sanctions after abandoned match

Serbia and Albania await sanctions after abandoned match
Serbia and Albania will learn their sanctions from UEFA next week following their abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade. UEFA charged the countries with a number of offences connected with the match, which was abandoned when a melee erupted after a mini unmanned drone trailed a pro-Albania flag over the stadium. Serbia were charged with the throwing of missiles and fireworks, crowd disturbance, invasion of the pitch by supporters, insufficient organisation and use of a laser (westernpeople.com)

Ukraine, EU Candidate Countries Align With 3rd Set of Anti-Russian Sanctions: EU Council

BRUSSELS, October 15 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine, the EU candidate countries Montenegro, Iceland and Albania, as well as Liechtenstein and Norway, have aligned themselves with the third round of EU sanctions against Russia, the EU Council press release said Wednesday. "The Candidate Countries Montenegro, Iceland and Albania, as well as Ukraine align themselves with this decision," the press release said in regards to the countries that have aligned themselves with the entire third set of (en.ria.ru)

Football Association of Serbia on EURO qualifier incident

After the October 14 UEFA EURO 2016 Group I qualifier between Serbia and Albania (0:0, 41st minute, FK Partizan Stadium, Belgrade) abandonment, the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) issued the following press release: Football Association of Serbia is expressing regret that the match between Serbia and Albania did not finish in a sports manner, as a very important event of two countries' best teams should have. In atmosphere that has not been seen for a long time in Serbia, with (b92.net)

Drone fight 'inexcusable', says UEFA president

Drone fight 'inexcusable', says UEFA president
YouTube The Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned after a drone carrying a flag depicting "Greater Albania" sparked a mass brawl between players and supporters. World football boss Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini have strongly condemned the violent scenes that forced a Serbia-Albania football international to be abandoned. Platini on Wednesday (today NZ time) called the politically-charged violence in Belgrade ''inexcusable'' while Blatter (stuff.co.nz)

Drone, banner force end to Euro soccer qualifier

BELGRADE, Serbia — A small drone dangling an Albanian banner and circling the soccer field touched off fighting between Serbian and Albanian players and fans Tuesday, forcing a European Championship qualifier to be called off. English referee Martin Atkinson halted the match in the 41st minute when a Serbian player grabbed the banner and Albanian players tried to protect it. Several Serbian fans ran onto the field and clashed with Albanian players. The score was 0-0 at the time. The (smdailyjournal.com)

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A Euro 2016 qualifying game between Serbia and Albania was suspended yesterday, after a drone flew over the pitch carrying a flag with a pro-Albanian message. The match was being played at the Partizan Stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, ahead of UEFA's (the governing body of European football) most important country competition in 2016, set to be hosted by France. Political problems for Serbia and Albania began many years ago, but the situation worsened right around the time Kosovo, a (engadget.com)

Serb police locate drone that flew over soccer match, caused political tensions with Albania

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati speaks at a news conference in capital Tirana, Albania Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, strongly denouncing anti-Albanian slogans and the violence before, during and after the match with Serbia. It was all about the drone Wednesday — the one that took off from an Orthodox Church in Belgrade and flew over a soccer stadium with a nationalist Albanian banner. It ignited more than a brawl between players and fans — it inflamed years of simmering (foxnews.com)

10 Things to Know for Thursday

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10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. NURSE WITH EBOLA ARRIVES IN ATLANTA A police motorcade escorted an ambulance as it traveled to Emory University Hospital, which has a specialized isolation unit and already treated three Americans diagnosed with the virus. 2. OBAMA CALLS FOR MORE AGGRESSIVE HANDLING OF EBOLA “We want a rapid response team, a SWAT team essentially, from the CDC to be on the ground as quickly (washingtonpost.com)

Serbia and Albania are facing stiff sanctions after UEFA charged the countries with a number of offences following the abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade.

Serbia and Albania are facing stiff sanctions after UEFA charged the countries with a number of offences following the abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgrade.
Martin Atkinson was forced to suspend the match between Serbia and Albania The match was abandoned when a melee erupted after a mini unmanned drone trailed a pro-Albania flag over the stadium.UEFA has announced that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the football associations of both countries.Serbia have been charged with the throwing of missiles and fireworks, crowd disturbance, invasion of the pitch by supporters, insufficient organisation and use of a laser pointer. (sportinglife.com)

The Flag-Flying Drone That Sparked a Soccer Brawl

The Flag-Flying Drone That Sparked a Soccer Brawl
Hooliganism goes high-tech in Serbia. Serbians and Albanians brawl during the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying soccer match in Belgrade. (Marko Djurica/Reuters) Tuesday night brought a brand-new tactic in the long tradition of European soccer hooliganism: drone-launched taunting. At about the 42-minute mark of a qualifying match for the 2016 European Championship in Belgrade, Serbia, a cheerfully lit unmanned aerial vehicle appeared in the sky over the pitch, where the Serbian and (theatlantic.com)

Serbia condemns Albanian flag drone stunt

Serbia condemns Albanian flag drone stunt
October 16, 2014, 7:05 am AFP Serbia-Albania match abandoned over drone chaosBelgrade (AFP) - Serbia's foreign minister said Wednesday an incident in which a pro-Albanian flag flown by a drone sparked violence on and off the pitch at a football match against Albania was a "political provocation". The Euro 2016 qualifier between the Balkan rivals had to be abandoned on Tuesday after a banner showing claims for a "Greater Albania" was flown by drone low over the Partizan Stadium in (yahoo.com)

Drone stunt at Serbia-Albania soccer match causes diplomatic row

BELGRADE/TIRANA (Reuters) - Serbia summoned the Albanian ambasssador on Wednesday to protest at an incendiary flag-flying stunt at an international soccer match that caused a brawl on the pitch and set back hopes for detente between the Balkan neighbours. Tuesday's Serbia-Albania Euro 2016 qualifier - at which Albanian fans were barred due to tensions between the two countries - was called off when a remote-controlled plane flew a the flag of "Greater Albania" above the field, (reuters.com)

Platini: Drones could bomb pitches

Platini: Drones could bomb pitches
Uefa president Michel Platini fears drones could be used to drop bombs on football pitches.Speaking to French TV channel TF1, Platini made his comments after an Albanian nationalist banner flown by a drone over a stadium in Belgrade started a brawl on the field and fuelled political tensions between Balkan rivals Serbia and Albania.Platini called the incident “shameful” and expressed his fears about possible drone attacks in the future.He said: “Just imagine that a drone carrying (breakingnews.ie)

Euro 2016 - Cana: Steward hit me in Serbia-Albania bust-up - Yahoo Eurosport UK

Euro 2016 - Cana: Steward hit me in Serbia-Albania bust-up - Yahoo Eurosport UK
UEFA has charged both countries with a number of offences following the game, which saw a melee erupt on the pitch after a mini unmanned drone trailed a pro-Albania flag over the stadium.Serbia have claimed the incident had been a "scenario of a terrorist action planned in advance", but the Albania FA hit back saying the team were targeted even before the game when stones were thrown at the bus, and its delegation and players were hit by a piece of concrete and other missiles during (yahoo.com)

WATCH: Football riot breaks out at Serbia-Albania game

WATCH: Football riot breaks out at Serbia-Albania game
A game between Albania and Serbia had to be abandoned after a chunk of concrete, stones, coins and lighters were hurled at Albania's players and officials MAYHEM ON THE PITCH. Players brawl on the pitch before the UEFA EURO 2016 group I qualifying soccer match between Serbia and Albania is suspended in Belgrade, Serbia. Photo by Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA TIRANA, Albania - A chunk of concrete, stones, coins and lighters were hurled at Albania's players and officials before and during the (rappler.com)

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