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Video: The Story Behind The Drone That Marred Serbia & Albania’s Euro ’16 Qualifier Last Year

The Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania in October of last year was set to be one of the most intense meetings of the entire qualifying series.

However, what transpired during the game went far beyond what most would have expected to happen.

During the match a drone carrying a flag with an image of Greater Albania brought the tension surrounding the match to a different level completely. Scenes of missiles being hurled at the Albanian players inside the Partizan Stadium, Belgrade as well as physical attacks on the players followed.

In the aftermath of the game, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Albania be awarded a 3-0 victory and Serbia were also deducted three points, as the court ruled it was Serbia’s fault that the game had to be stopped.

Copa90 have now put together a video explaining why this flag made the tension within the stands, and on the pitch, boil over.

The drone pilot who flew the flag into the stadium, Ismail Morinaj, is also interviewed on the subject and explains his actions.

Albania have since qualified for their first major tournament, two points ahead of Denmark, whilst Serbia finished the group with just four points following their three-point deduction.


Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.