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Serbia vs Albania suspended by Martin Atkinson after banned fans use a drone to fly a flag over the pitch leading to violent scenes in Belgrade

  • UEFA banned away fans from attending the game at the Partizan Stadium
  • There are long-running political tensions between the two countries
  • A drone carrying the Albanian flag was flown in above the pitch
  • The flag also showed a map of Kosovo – a disputed issue in these parts 
  • Serbia’s Aleksander Mitrovic pulled the flag down and was confronted
  • Police surround the field as Atkinson leads the players off

Serbia’s politically-charged Euro 2016 qualifier against Albania has been temporarily suspended after Serbian striker Aleksander Mitrovic pulled down a flag carried by a drone – leading to chaos on the field and in the stands of the Partizan Stadium.

UEFA banned Albania fans from attending the Group I clash in Belgrade but elected to allow the two countries to face each other, despite long-standing political tensions.

And when away supporters flew their national flag – accompanied by a map of Kosovo – above the pitch using a remote-operated drone, Mitrovic’s actions led to fighting between players and officials and havoc in the stands.

The Albanian flag - with the map of Kosovo accompanying it - was flown over the field in Belgrade

A remote-controller drone was used to show off the flag, before being pulled down by Aleksander Mitrovic

Serbia fans burn a NATO flag during the Group I qualifying game at the Partizan Stadium

Fans clashed with police as havoc took hold in the stands in Belgrade

The match was already hotly-contested before the flag incident saw the match postponed

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic was starring in midfield for the Serbian side before the game was suspended

Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic was starring in midfield for the Serbian side before the game was suspended

Serbia refuse to recognise Kosovo as an independent nation – an issue that is hotly disputed by Albanians.

The Albanian players had to flee the field, followed by Serbia’s XI that included the likes of Branislav Ivanovic, Matija Nastasic, Aleksander Kolarov, Dusan Tadic and Nemanja Matic.

The match is expected to continue

Serbia supporters head towards the stadium ahead of the game with what appears to be a flare

Serbia supporters head towards the stadium ahead of the game with what appears to be a flare

Serbia supporters chant, accompanied by their national flag, before the Group I qualifying match

Serbia supporters chant, accompanied by their national flag, before the Group I qualifying match

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2792953/serbia-vs-albania-suspended-martin-atkinson-banned-fans-use-drone-fly-flag-pitch-leading-violet-scenes-belgrade.html#ixzz3G9WkbcxI

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