Fierce Serbian Football Association demands penalties for Croatia and Albania

The fans of Croatia and Albania have incurred the wrath of the Serbian Football Association (FSS). They are accused of chanting reprehensible slogans about Serbians, and the association demands that UEFA intervene.

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According to the football association, during the match between Croatia and Albania, the chant "Kill, kill, kill the Serb" was heard. The FSS's general secretary, Jovan Surbatovic, has informed the Serbian media outlet RTS that they will take action. "What happened is outrageous, and we will ask UEFA for sanctions."

"Even if this comes at the cost of continuing in this tournament," Surbatovic continued, "we are confident they will be punished. They have already responded to our request to remove a so-called journalist from Albania. We now also demand that UEFA punish both countries."

Surbatovic even implicitly threatened withdrawal. "If UEFA does not punish them, we will consider our next steps, but we do not want to participate further." Serbia lost their first Euro match against England and will play against Slovenia on Thursday at 3:00 PM.

The incident has sparked considerable controversy, with many calling for stricter measures to prevent such behavior in the future. Fans and officials from both Croatia and Albania have yet to respond to the allegations. UEFA, meanwhile, has acknowledged the complaint and stated that an investigation will be conducted to determine the appropriate course of action. The situation has added tension to an already heated tournament, with various teams and their supporters closely watching how UEFA handles the issue.

In the meantime, the Serbian team is focused on preparing for their upcoming match against Slovenia. Despite the off-field distractions, the players and coaching staff are determined to put in a strong performance and secure their first victory in the tournament. The outcome of the match could be crucial for Serbia's chances of advancing to the next stage of the competition.

As the investigation unfolds, the broader football community is paying close attention, recognizing the importance of maintaining sportsmanship and respect among all participants. The actions taken by UEFA in response to this incident will likely set a precedent for how similar cases are handled in the future, emphasizing the need for unity and fair play in the sport.

Updated: 02:27, 20 Jun 2024

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