Serbians, Soccer, and Drones

Serbians, Soccer, and Drones

Mary Elizabeth Hagan, Reporter

A soccer match between Albania and Serbia had to be abandoned after a drone was spotted flying low over the stadium. The drone was dragging  an Albanian nationalist banner behind it. Once the Serbians caught sight of the banner, they began to riot.
The banner boasted pictures of Albanian war heroes who fought against the Serbians in twentieth century. The banner promoted the creation of a “Greater Albania”. They were trying to stake their claim to Serbia and the greater Balkans.
The fans shouted “Kill! Kill! Kill!” referring to the Albanians. When the banner was close enough to the field, Stefan Mitrovic, a Serbian player, pulled the banner from the crowd. He was almost instantaneously challenged by an Albanian player. This incited a brawl between the players until the referee escorted them from the field.
After the teams left the field, the stadium resembled that of a Serbian nationalist rally. At first, the UEFA (Europe’s soccer governing body) wanted to ban all Albanian fans form the match to prevent a politically motivated riot.
Despite their efforts, the banner has increased political tensions beyond the stadium now. The tensions between both nations have been ongoing for years. The UEFA plans to “open disciplinary cases against both national associations.”
The drone was deployed from the rooftop of a neighboring Orthodox Church and is suspected to be used for carrying the Albanian banner across the field. The Serbian police have retrieved the drone and are trying to process the origins of the mission.