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Serbia: Flag-carrying DRONE sparks clashes at Serbia-Albania game01:15

Serbia: Flag-carrying DRONE sparks clashes at Serbia-Albania game

Serbia, Belgrade
October 15, 2014 at 01:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Fighting broke out at the Partizan Stadium in Belgrade on Tuesday during a game between Serbia and Albania in the qualifiers of the Euro 2016 championship. Confrontations were triggered by the flight of a small drone carrying the flag of 'Greater Albania,' which shows parts of Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia , together with Albania, as one country.

Serbian defender Stefan Mitrovic grabbed the flag from the device, sparking a chain of chaos with Albanian player Bekim Balaj running with it across the pitch, as players launched themselves at him. Some fans ran onto the field to join the scuffles, while others threw objects from the stands.

Serbian media say that the drone was controlled by the brother of the Albanian prime minister Edi Rama, from the VIP section. Reports that he was arrested at the stadium are unconfirmed.

'Greater Albania' includes Kosovo, which contains a large Albanian population and used to be part of Serbia until its independence in 2008. The match was abandoned after 41 minutes, by which time neither side had yet scored a goal. Many Albanian fans had been prevented from attending the game due to security concerns.

Serbia: Flag-carrying DRONE sparks clashes at Serbia-Albania game01:15
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Fighting broke out at the Partizan Stadium in Belgrade on Tuesday during a game between Serbia and Albania in the qualifiers of the Euro 2016 championship. Confrontations were triggered by the flight of a small drone carrying the flag of 'Greater Albania,' which shows parts of Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia , together with Albania, as one country.

Serbian defender Stefan Mitrovic grabbed the flag from the device, sparking a chain of chaos with Albanian player Bekim Balaj running with it across the pitch, as players launched themselves at him. Some fans ran onto the field to join the scuffles, while others threw objects from the stands.

Serbian media say that the drone was controlled by the brother of the Albanian prime minister Edi Rama, from the VIP section. Reports that he was arrested at the stadium are unconfirmed.

'Greater Albania' includes Kosovo, which contains a large Albanian population and used to be part of Serbia until its independence in 2008. The match was abandoned after 41 minutes, by which time neither side had yet scored a goal. Many Albanian fans had been prevented from attending the game due to security concerns.

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