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Serbia threatens to leave Euro2024 if UEFA does not punish Albania and Croatia

The Serbian federation condemned the “disgraceful racist behavior” of Albanian and Croatian fans and believes the match should have been suspended. If there are no punishments, he threatens to leave the tournament.

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The Serbian Football Federation threatened this Thursday to abandon Euro 2024, after offensive chants against the country launched by Albanian and Croatian fans in the match between both teams, which ended in a draw (2-2) in Hamburg.

Even so, the Serbian team took the field this Thursday to play the second game of the group stage, against Slovenia, in Munich.

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What happened is scandalous and we will ask UEFA to apply sanctions, under penalty of not continuing in the competition,” said the general secretary of the Serbian Football Federation, Jovan Surbatovic.

In a statement, in addition to Surbatovic’s statements, the Serbian federation condemned The “shameful racist behavior” of Albanian and Croatian fans and stated that the match should have been suspended as soon as the chanting began.

“It has been a long time since such an insult to a nation has been seen at sporting events, with cries that they should die,” reads the statement, to which UEFA has not yet reacted.

The animosity of Croatian and Albanian fans towards Serbian fans, and vice versa, dates back to the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Serbian fans are known for their chants against Croats and Albanians, as well as for his racist cries and verbal support for war criminals convicted of the deaths of tens of thousands of people during the bloody dissolution of the former Yugoslavia.

UEFA fined the Albanian and Serbian federations 10,000 euros each after the first group stage matches because their fans displayed banners with nationalist maps.

The federations are responsible for the behavior of their respective fans and UEFA has accused both of “transmit provocative messages inappropriate for a sporting event”.

During the match with Italy, which Albania lost (2-1), in Dortmund, Albanian fans displayed a banner with a map of the country that extended its borders to the territory of neighboring countries.

Serbian fans presented a flag that included Kosovo, a former province of Serbia that declared its independence in 2008, on the map of their country, with the slogan “No to surrender”, during the match with England, which the Serbs lost by 1-0. .

UEFA also opened an investigation into alleged monkey-like sounds directed at English players during the match.

Source: Observadora

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