Serbia vs Albania Football game 14.10.2014. Interrupted because of Albanian fans who released helicopter with Albanian flag.
A Euro 2016 qualifying match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade was abandoned at 0 – 0 after the game was interrupted as a drone with the Albanian flag was flying over the stadium, which prompted a couple of Serbian players to remove the flag from the pitch, which resulted in a couple of Albanian players not taking kindly to that, at all.
Fighting then broke out between players and fans and team officials field of Partizan Stadium.
The issue of Kosovo, is center to this and its kind of even interesting that this draw even happened as this was the Albanian sides first trip to Belgrade since 1967. All you have to do is google “Abania – Serbia – Relations” and you will return millions of results. Often we see the power of soccer and how it brings people together, unfortunately, today was an example of outside politics getting on to the pitch.
Referee Martin Atkinson called off the game and UEFA weighed in a few hours later stating that the game was called off due to a disturbance on the pitch. The next fixture between the two will be about a year from now in October of 2015. In just reading up on this, apparently Albanian supporters we not allowed to come to the game. Nor will Serbian fans be allowed to travel to the 2015 game, check this:
“The supporters of Albania are not allowed to visit the stadium,” explains Milivoj Mirkov, head of security for the Serbian Football Federation. “Uefa banned away supporters from this as well as the rematch that will be played in October 2015 due to security reasons. Every Albanian supporter that tries to attend the match will be arrested and prosecuted.”
That was in a story released before the game. Damb. This is the kind of stuff that you hate to see on the pitch.