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Euro 2016 Qualifier Abandoned As Violence Erupts In Stadium [Video]

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British referee Martin Atkinson was forced to suspend play in the Euro 2016 game in Belgrade in the 41st minute as the unrest spread in the Albania vs Serbia encounter.

Sad scenes at the Euro 2016 qualifying match between Albania and Serbia, as a massive brawl broke out between players on both sides and fans as a political message attached to a drone sparked the unrest.

When the flag attached to the drone was pulled down from the sky by Serbia’s Mitrovic, the Albanian’s hastened to get it back. However, soon afterwards the pitch invaders attacked the Albanian fans and one player was even hit by a stool and attacked when trying to leave into the tunnel.

Relations between Albania and Serbia have been fraught since the civil war fought over the former Yugoslav region of Kosovo, which is made up mostly of ethnic Albanians but was claimed by the Serb state.

The flag flying from the drone featured an image of so-called Greater Albania, a part of the Balkans where a substantial proportion of the population are Albanian.

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