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UEFA charge Serbia and Albania

2014-10-16 10:06
Stefan Mitrovic (Supplied)
Stefan Mitrovic (Supplied)
Cape Town - UEFA have charged the Serbian and Albanian football associations following the ugly scenes during Tuesday's 2016 European Championship qualifier in Belgrade.

Watch the Serbia fans, Albania players brawl here

Madness struck the Partizan Stadium shortly before half-time as a drone trailing a pro-Albania banner was flown over the pitch, with Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic's decision to yank down the flag eventually resulting in a mass brawl between both sets of players and supporters.

UEFA have now charged Serbia over the pitch invasion by fans, whilst the Albanians have been charged for flying of the banner and for refusing to play on, with the match having eventually been cancelled.

A statement on the UEFA website read: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) for the setting off/throwing of fireworks and missiles (Article 16(2b & c) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations), crowd disturbance (Art. 16(2h) DR), field invasion by supporters (Art. 16(2a) DR), insufficient organisation (Art. 16(1) DR) and use of a laser pointer (Art. 16(2d) DR).

“Proceedings have also been opened against the Football Association of Albania (FShF) for refusing to play (Art. 27(1) UEFA Competition Regulations) and the display of an illicit banner (Art. 16(2e) DR).

“The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 23 October.”

Read more on:    serbia  |  uefa  |  albania  |  international  |  soccer
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