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Drone stunt at Serbia-Albania soccer match causes diplomatic row (Reuters)

Stefan Mitrovic of Serbia grabs a flag depicting so-called Greater Albania, an area covering all parts of the Balkans where ethnic Albanians live, that was flown over the pitch during their Euro 2016 Group I qualifying soccer match against Albania at the FK Partizan stadium in Belgrade October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

By Matt Robinson and Benet Koleka BELGRADE/TIRANA (Reuters) - Serbia summoned the Albanian ambasssador on Wednesday to protest at an incendiary flag-flying stunt at an international soccer match that caused a brawl on the pitch and set back hopes for detente between the Balkan neighbours. Tuesday's Serbia-Albania Euro 2016 qualifier - at which Albanian fans were barred due to tensions between the two countries - was called off when a remote-controlled plane flew a the flag of "Greater Albania" above the field, sparking a brawl that forced the Albanian players to flee. ...


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