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Serbia-Albania Qualifier Abandoned After Players, Fans Brawl

The politically-sensitive Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned on Tuesday following a brawl between players from both sides after a flag stunt.

A flag depicting so-called Greater Albania, an area covering all parts of the Balkans where ethnic Albanians live, is grabbed by Serbian defender Stefan Mitrovic during the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying soccer match between Serbia and Albania at the FK Partizan stadium in Belgrade on Oct. 14, 2014.

The politically-sensitive Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned on Tuesday following a brawl between players from both sides after a flag stunt. The Group I game was interrupted when the flag was flown over the terraces and pitch by what appeared to be a remote controlled mini drone near the end of the first half. Mitrovic eventually grabbed the flag at the Partizan stadium, prompting an angry reaction from Albanian players and an unsightly melee ensued. Riot police then moved in when around a dozen fans invaded the pitch and players retreated into the tunnel as flares were thrown from the terraces.

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Serbian riot police try to contain Serbian supporters after a fight broke out on the pitch.

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Fans and players of Serbia and Albania clash during their Euro 2016 Group I qualifying soccer match at the FK Partizan stadium in Belgrade.

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Serbian national football team supporters light a flare.

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Players and fans brawl on the pitch.

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A fan of Serbia scuffles with Albania's Mergim Mavraj.

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Albania's players retreat into the tunnel as flares are thrown from the terraces.

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