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By ESPN Staff
about an hour ago

Serbian, Albanian FAs fined for Euro qualifier

The Serbian and Albanian FAs have been fined 100,000 Euro for their abandoned Euro qualifier, while Serbia was given the win and docked three points.

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
7 hours ago

Serbia awarded 3-0 win vs. Albania, but fined and docked three points by UEFA

Serbia Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said the flag incident which halted a Euro 2016 qualifier with Albania was a 'political provocation'.

Serbia received tougher sanctions than Albania when UEFA punished the Balkan rivals on Friday for the on-field violence sparked by a banner being flown by a drone over the stadium.

The European Championship qualifier in Belgrade was abandoned last week after an Albanian nationalist banner was flown in by a remote-controlled device, sparking fighting among players and fans.

Although the source of the banner remains unclear, UEFA ruled that Albania forfeited the Oct. 14 match because its players refused...

 By Nick Ames
1 day ago

Partizan Belgrade illustrates how much Serbia has given football

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains what's next for Serbia and Albania after Tuesday's pitch altercation.

It feels like the worst day for a chat with Momcilo Vukotic, but perhaps it is actually the best. The time is just before 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, just 12 hours since Serbia's match with Albania, a few miles down the road at Partizan Belgrade's own stadium, was abandoned amid barely fathomable scenes of provocation and violence. Nobody has slept much, if at all. But into this smartly appointed room in the fashionable Belgrade suburb of Zemun walks Vukotic, 64 years old now and still Partizan's...

7 days ago

UEFA chief Michel Platini fears drones could drop bombs on pitches

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains what's next for Serbia and Albania after Tuesday's pitch altercation.

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 a drone...

Oct 16, 2014

Police say drone from Serbia-Albania Euro 2016 qualifying clash found

Serbia Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said the flag incident which halted a Euro 2016 qualifier with Albania was a 'political provocation'.

BELGRADE, Serbia -- Serbian police say they have found the drone that flew an Albanian nationalist banner over a stadium in Belgrade, igniting a brawl on the pitch and fueling simmering political tensions between Balkan rivals Serbia and Albania.

The small drone with four rotors -- last seen being carried off by a Serb fan during the stadium brawl that saw the Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday night abandoned -- will be checked to see where it was manufactured and purchased and who could have flown...