Serbia threatens to pull out of Euro 2024 over alleged fan chanting

Serbia threatens to pull out of Euro 2024 over alleged fan chanting

Serbia threatens to leave the union euro 2024 If UEFA fails to take action following alleged chanting between fans of Croatia and Albania.

A section of supporters present at the 2-2 draw in Hamburg on Wednesday could be heard chanting offensive slogans against Serbia.

Serbia Football Association general secretary Jovan Surbatovic has suggested that Serbia will not take part in the tournament in Germany until the European regulatory body hands down sufficient punishment.

Serbia drew 1-1 with Slovenia in its other Group C match in Munich on Thursday. Hours after the match, UEFA said it had called in an internal investigator to look into the allegations.

UEFA said a disciplinary inspector had been appointed to carry out an investigation “in relation to possible racist and/or discriminatory conduct allegedly committed by supporters.”

UEFA has not given a deadline for the case, and it is unlikely to be resolved before Serbia's third and possibly final match – against Denmark on Tuesday.

“What happened is reprehensible and we will ask UEFA for sanctions, even if it means not continuing with the competition,” Surbatovic told Serbia's state broadcaster RTS.

“We will demand that UEFA punish the associations of both selections.”

“We don’t want to take part in this, but if UEFA doesn’t punish them, we will think about how we move forward.”

In a separate statement on Thursday, the Serbian Football Association condemned the “shameful racist behaviour” of Albanian and Croatian fans and said the match should have been suspended as soon as the chants began.

“Such humiliation of a nation and cries for its slaughter have not been seen in sporting events for a long time,” the statement said.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin was with Serbian officials in Munich during his country's match against Slovenia on Thursday.

On Wednesday, UEFA revoked the media credentials of Kosovo journalist Arlind Sadiku after he was accused of making a nationalist gesture towards Serbia fans during Sunday's match against England in Gelsenkirchen.

A statement issued by UEFA said: “UEFA can confirm that the accreditation of a journalist has been revoked due to misconduct at the UEFA Euro 2024 match between Serbia and England on 16 June 2024.”

On Monday, UEFA accused the Serbian Football Association of saying its supporters had displayed a banner which “broadcast an inflammatory message inappropriate for a sporting event” and thrown objects inside the stadium.

The charge was leveled after the Kosovo Football Federation complained to UEFA that “Serbian fans displayed political, chauvinistic and racist messages against Kosovo” during a 1–0 defeat to England.

“We were punished in some cases and our fans behaved better than others,” Šurabatović said.

“A fan was punished for racist insults and we don't want the blame to be put on anyone else. We Serbs are gentlemen and our hearts are open.”

Information from Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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