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Football incident could have political ramifications
BELGRADE -- The scandal that resulted in the abandoning of a Euro qualifier between Serbia and Albania could have wider implications, the Beta news agency is reporting.
There is now a question mark over the announced visit of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.
TIRANA - Several thousand supporters greeted Albania's football team at the airport in Tirana early Wednesday morning.
According to the AlbaniaSoccer website, a large number of supporters gathered at the airport to greet the team coached by Gianni De Biasi a few hours after the end of the Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania.
BELGRADE - Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic has said that the incident which took place at the football match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade on Tuesday was a premeditated political provocation, and added that Serbia bears no responsibility for match abandonment.
BELGRADE - Serbia's UEFA 2016 qualifying match against Albania was suspended, and eventually abandoned, after a small drone with a flag bearing an insignia of ‘Greater Albania' appeared flying above the pitch at the end of the first half on Tuesday.
Serbian footballer Stefan Mitrovic caught the flag and two Albanian players rushed to try and snatch it from his hands.
Clashes between fans and players in Belgrade's Partizan Stadium forced referee Martin Atkinson to stop a Euro qualifiers football game between Serbia and Albania.
The first incident happened minutes before the first half was to end, as a drone was spotted flying over the field and waving an Albanian flag.
First football match between Albania and Serbia in decades was halted and abandoned in 41st minute at 0:0, after a clash between the teams.
The match was interrupted when a drone carrying banned Albanian flag was flown over the pitch.
BELGRADE - The road to democracy is difficult and challenging, and if the rule of law is to be fully established in Serbia, the sources of corruption need to be reduced and the judiciary put in order, said the participants of the conference on Freedom Barometer 2014.