Serbia v. Albania European qualifier abandoned after drone flight and brawl

In events that unfortunately came as little surprise to anyone – traveling fans were not permitted to buy tickets, on UEFA’s recommendation – a brawl erupted at today’s European qualifier between Serbia and visiting Albania. The two nations have long-standing disputes, due in particular to conflict over the Kosovo region that separates them. The game was abandoned after a drone carrying a flag from Albania flew over the match. The drone hovered closely enough that Serbian defender Stefen Mitrovic was able to grab the flag and pull it down. He was immediately tackled by Albanian players, which lead to a brawl and the eventual end of the game.

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