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UEFA probes anti-Serbian chants as tensions flare in Euro 2024

UEFA probes anti-Serbian chants as tensions flare in Euro 2024 A view of Croatian fans lighting a flare as they cheer during a match between Croatia and Albania , group B match, at the Euro 2024 in Hamburg, Germany, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo)
By Newsroom
Jun 21, 2024 9:43 AM

UEFA has initiated an investigation into Croatia and Albania supporters for anti-Serbian chanting during their Euro 2024 match in Hamburg on Wednesday. Serbia lodged a formal complaint, with Jovan Surbatovic, general secretary of the Football Association of Serbia, alleging that Croatian and Albanian fans chanted “Kill, kill, kill the Serb” during the 2-2 draw. Surbatovic warned that Serbia, also facing UEFA charges for incidents in their match against England, might withdraw from the tournament.

In response, UEFA announced an investigation into potential racist and/or discriminatory conduct by the fans. Before Serbia’s Group C match with Slovenia, Surbatovic expressed gratitude to Serbian fans for their support against England and condemned the chanting as scandalous. He demanded sanctions from UEFA and hinted at Serbia’s possible withdrawal if action isn’t taken.

Serbia faces charges as well

The Serbian Football Association itself faces charges from UEFA for displaying a provocative banner and throwing objects during their game against England in Gelsenkirchen. The incident underscores ongoing tensions and the challenge of maintaining sportsmanship and respect in international competitions.

Last Updated:  Jun 21, 2024 12:13 PM