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Football incident could have political ramifications

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.

Thousands of supporters greet Albania's team in Tirana

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.

Dacic: Premeditated political provocation

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.

Serb priest's family comes under attack

Serb priest's family comes under attack

ORAHOVAC -- Unknown persons late on Tuesday attacked the Parish House in the Serb part of the town of Orahovac in Kosovo.

The building is home to the family of the local Serb Orthodox priest.

Serbia v Albania UEFA qualifier abandoned

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.

Analysts see "conspiracy related to Putin's visit"

Analysts see "conspiracy related to Putin's visit"

BELGRADE -- Political analyst Dragomir Anđelković says "the Albanian state and some EU centers of power" are behind an incident during the Serbia-Albania football game.

Albanian prime minister "proud" after scandal

Albanian prime minister "proud" after scandal

TIRANA -- Several thousand people gathered at the airport in Tirana to give a hero's welcome to the national football team returning from Serbia.

FM: Stadium incident was planned political provocation

FM: Stadium incident was planned political provocation

BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić has said that an incident during the Serbia-Albania football match was a deliberate and planned political provocation.

Brother of Albanian PM allowed to leave Belgrade

Brother of Albanian PM allowed to leave Belgrade

BELGRADE -- The brother of Albanian PM Edi Rama, Olsi Rama, has been allowed to leave Serbia, after he was detained on suspicion that he caused a stadium incident.

Serbia-Albania Match Abandoned over Unrest, Flag-Waving Drone

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.

Flag-Carrying Drone Ends Albania, Serbia Match

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.

Gojkovic, Meta discuss visit of Albanian PM to Serbia

GENEVA - Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic and her Albanian counterpart Ilir Meta expect the forthcoming visit of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama to Belgrade to offer an opportunity for enhancement of cooperation and improvement of relations.

For rule of law in Balkans - reduce sources of corruption

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.

Kurz backs greater EU involvement in enlargement in Balkans

VIENNA - In response to the report on progress achieved by Western Balkan countries, Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz called for greater involvement of the European Union (EU) and countries in the region with a view to ensuring success of the EU enlargement process in the region.

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