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Serbia, Albania punished over drone
24 Oct 2014 13:01
Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 victory over Albania following their postponed Euro 2016 qualifier but they have also been deducted three points and ordered to play their next two games behind closed doors for their part in the furore.
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The Group I clash between the two eastern European nations ended in bizarre circumstances when an unmanned drone trailing a pro-Albania flag over the Partizan Stadium resulted in a melee between the two sets of players as well as some Serbian fans.
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The sport's European governing body UEFA has taken a dim view of the incident and while Serbia have been awarded the win, its football association has announced it will not get the benefit of the three points and must play its home matches against Denmark and Armenia in an empty stadium.
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UEFA charged the countries with a number of offences last week although its Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body decided not to expel either nation from the group.
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In the event, Albania have been punished for refusing to play the rest of the match - even if the stadium had been cleared of fans - while Serbia have been sanctioned for crowd trouble.
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The governing body said in a short statement: "The CEDB has decided to declare the above-mentioned match as forfeited. As a consequence, the Football Association of Albania (FShF) is deemed to have lost the match 3-0. In addition, the FShF has been fined €100,000.
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"The CEDB has also decided to deduct the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) three points for the current UEFA European Championship qualifying competition.
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“In addition, the FSS has been ordered to play its next two UEFA competition matches as host team behind closed doors. Finally, the association has been fined €100,000.
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"These decisions are open to appeal."
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