Tuesday night we got the chance to watch live the match Serbia-Albania.
That it was not an easy game, especially for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with football, it was known to all except to Uefa, which prohibited Gibraltar-Spain but allowed such a matchup between Serbia and Albania.
It's really strange that UEFA has not taken into account that especially the wounds are still open for Kosovo and are far away from the heal. I do not hide that I was amazed to read in many newspapers that the reason for the chaos in Serbia and Albania was to be found almost exclusively in the drone with the ethnic flag of Albania that includes not only Albania and Kosovo but also other areas currently under the administration of the Macedonian and Greek.
To relegate what happened Tuesday night at the simple drone it is not only completely wrong, but it is mostly synonymous with misinformation.
Serbia and Albania has been accompanied since the draw for the group stage of qualifying by a media campaign focused on racial hatred. From the moment of arrival at Belgrade airport, the Albanian staff had to deal with bullying and pressures. The hotel in which resided the National Team of the Eagles was virtually under siege, with hundreds of police in riot war defending the perimeter. And we can imagine how difficult it is to prepare a game in such a climate.
In the days prior to the match, Serbia had previously ordered that the match could be attended only by the Albanians living in Albania (race forbidden, therefore, to Kosovo, the Albanians of Macedonia and to the millions of Albanians around the world) then, however, has extended the prohibition on participation in the event to all Albanians.
Only a few lucky (about two hundred) were able to enter the stadium of Partizan, but with a diktat of the Serbian authorities: no flags, coats of arms nothing worth praising Albania otherwise immediate arrest and summary trial.
Something unheard and Uefa can not pretend like it didn’t happen. The only Albanian flags in the stadium were those brought by the Serbian fans and burned, despite Uefa and Fifa prohibiting it; those used for the ceremony during the national anthems, the exposed (and then hidden) next to those of Serbia, FIFA, UEFA, respect Against Racism (!!!) and the European qualifications ; a flag carried by an Albanian journalist.
Even before the kick off, supporters of Serbia (which had also burned the flag of NATO to which Albania is part of 2009 and in which Serbia was invited to join when appropriate ) had begun to burn the Albanian flags (red and black) with the two-headed eagle and throughout the course of the game they did not miss the chorus "Ubij, ubij Siptar", which translated from Serbian means "Kill, kill Albanians ".
And, well before the arrival of the drone, the Serbs sing "Kill , eliminates the Albanians untill noone remains” (see video below). At the time of the hymns, the Albanian has been swamped with boos despite the players tried to sing it out loud. During the whole of the match on the pitch it rained everything from sparklers to firecrackers. A firecracker is also well erupted at a short distance by a player of the national team ,the left-handed Agolli, so much so that the referee Atkinson had to suspend the match for a while.
To those who believe that politics has entered the field with drone, I would also point out that during the match have been framed from the beginning of the match banners and flags with the inscription (in Serbian) "Kosovo is Serbia" and would be then discovered that there were also some banners against Bosnia and Croatia.
In a climate of war, in a game prohibited to Albanian fans , many of which are already in possession of a ticket for the race, it seems that the only problem is a drone with a flag controlled remotely by a kid .
A response to the Serbian authorities who had denied access to the stadium especially the Albanians from Kosove. One thing that never would have happened if they had been permitted to Albanian fans to follow their favorite players. I remain appalled by the statements of Michel Platini for which the drone could contain a bomb. Perhaps Platini has seen too many action movies lately, but his statements are totally out of place. Quite the contrary should take responsibility and resign immediately given that allowed Serbia and Albania to face off in the same qualifying group.
But, then, the thing that leaves me flabbergasted is that you pretend not to see that in the 41 ', when paused the game, the referee Atkinson had to stop clashes between Serbian fans in the stands and orders the firefighters to intervene as they were firing of flares and smoke bombs. Only after about a minute the Serbian director showed the presence of the drone and I doubt that the director, which transmits broadcast worldwide, for nearly a minute and a half since the beginning of the riots in the stands has not noticed the presence of the flying object taken as justification to Serbian violence.
That of the 41 ' was the second suspension, the other took place during the 36 'when a firecracker had exploded near Agolli and many blunt objects rained down on the outside of Albania and the linesman.
The Serbian players Lazovic and Kolarov had gone to appease the fans, while both the player and the linesman Albanian who moved away. After about 40 seconds of suspension and the intervention of the speaker, the game could resume, but the launching of objects was going on so that the speaker , a couple of minutes later, he had to repeat the message.
Honestly, the statements of the Serbian players make me laugh (at the suggestion of the Greek federation, not exactly a friend of the Albanians ...) according to them they had to stop the drone in order to start the game. If the Serb players really wanted to stop the drone simply to resume play, the players that would have had to intervene had to be the Albanians, inviting the captain Cana to take the flag, and not to tear it vehemently as he did Mitrovic.
And, speaking of the fight, I have not read words of condemnation against those who opened the gates outside and inside the stadium allowing thugs to invade the pitch to give chase to the Albanians. Some of these have affected the guest players with benches, also beaten by some members of the Serb security as they ran toward the tunnel before being clubbed by police. Nobody condemns the steward who beat Cana, who spoke out in defense of Balaj, and that he had grounded the pseudofan of Serbia that had struck the Albanian striker with a stool. Nobody points out that in a civilized country one as Ivan "the Terrible" Bogdanov in a stadium would not have set foot until the end of his days.
No, all to condemn a simple demonstrative gesture of a little boy (not the brother of the Albanian Prime Minister, as reported falsely by the Serbian press to feed the climate of tension), perhaps risky, which introduced a totally unusual way a forbbiden Albanian flag in a stadium during the match .
All the physical and psychological violence perpetrated by the Serbs in the days before and during the game, it seems, take a back seat in front of a drone with a flag, and not with a bomb. But the bomb has been triggered by Uefa anyway, that if it was a serious organ, given the recidivism of the hottest Serbian supporters after the events in Genoa (and not only), would disqualify Serbia for at least five years. The time to regroup and take tough action against violent. Among the many violent, Partizan stadium were also many simple Serbian fans, disgusted not by the drone, but the violence that accompanied an entire football game and everything around her, ruining an evening of sport.
But you know: even in football matters politics and Serbia has more friends than Albania. Above all, we have Denmark and Portugal in our group, that from a possible defeat at the table of the Albanians , they have everything to gain as they are forced to chase us.
No coincidence that the RedAndBlack staff has asked to all the Albanians to be heard on social networks though the hashtag #SerbiaAlbaniaTheTruth where are collected all the events of Tuesday. Facts that should not happen again and on which the Uefa is investigating, despite being the main culprit. Indeed, for the Uefa players of Albania, after being subjected to psychological pressure and the beating from the fans and Serb law enforcement, they should continue the game. The risk is that it all turns into a farce, condemning both the Nationals. A judgment, this, that would legitimize the use of violence in stadiums and transform the various "respect" and "no to racism" into mere propaganda slogans.
The main highlights:
12'40 "Lila is on the ground after a ball in the face, you hear the noise of the explosion of a large firecracker.
14'29 ", the first launch of smoke on the pitch by supporters Serbs.
24'33 ", hoisted the flag of Greece clearly in an anti-Albanian.
35'11 ", some smoke bombs are thrown at the player Albanian Agolli about to beat a corner. A firecracker explodes right near there. Some objects touch the player and assistant referee. Atkinson suspend the game for a while. Lazovic and Kolarov going to appease the fans, while both the player and the linesman leave. After 40 seconds of suspension and the intervention of the speaker, the game resumes. A couple of minutes later, the announcer calls once again not to throw objects in the field.
40'45 ", a bottle is thrown in the direction of Balaj.
40'58 ", the" fans of Serbia attempt to invade the field. They are barely contained by the security services. Born clashes with police and stewards.
41'09 "launched flares in a field.
41'13 ", comes another smoke, the referee Atkinson indicates the flares and smoke and momentarily suspends the game.
41'16 ", the referee Atkinson calls for the intervention of the fire brigade to the flares.
41'57 ", is taken up for the first time the drone, but the Serbian fans already had begun a few minutes to throw everything on the field, intensifying the launch by over a minute. Possible that the direction of Serbia in this period of time has not noticed the drone? Or more simply, the drone appeared well after the beginning of the unrest…
Just before the 45 ', Atkinson sends everyone in the locker room where players Albanians will be crushed.
MEDIA IMAGES :
Serbia-Albania, 0’08″, Kosovo is Serbia
Serbia and Albania, 14'29 ", launched smoke bomb
Serbia and Albania, 24'33 ", a flag of Greece appears in one of the curves
Serbia and Albania, 35'11 ", smoke and firecracker thrown at Agolli
Serbia and Albania, 35'15 ", objects and smoke bombs raining down from the stands
Serbia and Albania, 35'19 ", playing in match the firing of firecrackers and objects
Serbia and Albania, 35'25 ", Lazovic Kolarov and try to calm things down, the player and the linesman Albanian leave. Game paused.
Serbia and Albania, 40'45 "bottle thrown at Balaj
Serbia and Albania, 40'58 ', the' fans' of Serbia attempt the invasion of the field. Police and stewards attempt to reject
Serbia and Albania, 41'09 ", continue to rain fireworks on the pitch
Serbia and Albania, 41'13 ", comes another smoke, the referee Atkinson indicates the flares and smoke and suspending the game
Serbia and Albania, 41'16 ", the referee Atkinson calls for the intervention of the firemen for the flares
Serbia and Albania, 41'57 ", is taken up for the first time the drone
Serbia and Albania, the group led by Ivan Bogdanov: covered faces and straps ready to use
Serbia and Albania, the Albanian flag of the game is hidden
Serbia and Albania, the 'fans' Serbs burn the flag of NATO
Serbia and Albania, is preparing a bonfire
Serbia and Albania, the gate is open and the 'fans' Serbs can invade the field
Players leaving to the locker rooms attacked
This is security in the stadium
Ps. All this is in accordance to forum rules to prevail the truth and to inform the "dissinformed".
Note: There were 4.000 security forces in that stadium and not a single one of those attackers was arrested. Just to show you that in another country people like Ivan Bogdanov would be behind bars for entering the pitch althrough they don't belong in stadiums.