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Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings in opposition to Serbia’s soccer affiliation after its crew hung a controversial flag depicting Kosovo of their dressing room previous to their World Cup defeat by Brazil.
The flag confirmed a top level view of Kosovo stuffed with the Serbia flag, with the phrases ‘no give up’.
Tensions are running high between ethnic Serbs and the Albanian-led authorities in Kosovo, amid fears violence might flare up once more, 23 years after the Kosovo warfare.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 however Serbia – an ally of Russia – doesn’t recognise it as an impartial nation.
On Friday, the Soccer Federation of Kosovo (FFK) submitted a grievance to Fifa, soccer’s world governing physique, over Serbia’s “chauvinistic rhetoric”.
In a press release, it stated: “Such acts of chauvinism haven’t any place in a sports activities occasion, and even much less contained in the services the place the largest occasion of world soccer takes place, due to this fact FFK, as an equal member with all different members of Fifa, calls for from this establishment to undertake sanctioning measures in opposition to actions that incite hatred between peoples and are in opposition to human values.”
It added: “It’s unacceptable for this act to go in silence, due to this fact we strongly request that Fifa strictly implement its guidelines and punish the soccer federation of Serbia for this aggressive motion and in opposition to the values that soccer conveys.”
Kosovo’s sports activities minister, Hajrulla Ceku, stated it anticipated “concrete actions” from Fifa in opposition to Serbia’s “hateful, xenophobic and genocidal messages”.
Fifa’s proceedings have been opened on the idea of article 11 of the Fifa disciplinary code, which is “offensive behaviour and violation of the ideas of truthful play” and contains “utilizing a sports activities occasion for demonstrations of a non-sporting nature”, in addition to article 4 of the laws for the 2022 World Cup which refers to crew’s tasks on the event.
Kosovo was accepted into Uefa and Fifa in 2016 however beneath Uefa guidelines, Serbia and Kosovo can’t play one another in World Cup qualifying due to the tensions between the 2 nations.
Serbia have been crushed 2-0 by Brazil of their World Cup opener in Qatar on Thursday, and play Cameroon of their subsequent Group G fixture on Monday.
Kosovo didn’t qualify for the World Cup.
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