This Has To Be The Most Insane Sports Brawl Ever (VIDEO)
You may question that headline, and you may be right. But I've never seen all of these features included in the same wild brawl:
* Soccer players being clocked with plastic chairs.
* A pro-Albanian drone.
* A pro-Albanian drone being operated by the Albanian prime minster's brother.
* ... Who was later arrested.
* A Serbian player who attacked the drone.
* Players punched and kicked as they attempted to flee to the locker room through the tunnel.
* Flares and fireworks.
* Laser pen. Those bastards!
The game was a qualifier for the 2016 European Championship, so they had to play it -- but it was the first time Albania's national team had played in Serbia for 47 years. (Why were they in the same group? The answer is shrouded in stupidity). Business Insider:
In the 40th minute, a pro-Albanian drone started hovering over the field. It was waving a flag showing a map of "Greater Albania," according to The Guardian. The two countries have a long history, most notably in Kosovo — a region on the border with a large population of ethnic Albanians that was a part of Serbia before declaring independence 2008.
It's always been my policy to leave my drones at home when attending a sporting event. Why provoke trouble? A Serbian player grabed the flag and pulled the drone down, and that's when the violence erupted. See the video below. The game was called off.
The furore over the politically-charged incident grew on Wednesday amid claim and counter-claim, as Uefa confirmed that it had opened disciplinary proceedings against both teams. Serbia were formally charged with setting off fireworks, crowd disturbance, a pitch invasion, “insufficient organisation” and the use of a laser pen.
Albania were charged with refusing to play and the “display of an illicit banner”. Branislav Ivanovic, the Chelsea defender, said Serbia wanted to play on but their Albanian opponents were “unfit physically and mentally” to return to the field.
Uefa’s disciplinary committee will rule by Oct. 23 on sanctions, whether the game should be replayed and how the points should be awarded.
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