Serbia threaten to quit Euros over ‘kill’ chants

BELGRADE: The head of the Serbian Football Association (FSS) has threatened to pull the team out of the European Championship over chants made during the draw between Albania and Croatia.

Jovan Surbatovic, the general secretary of the FSS, told Serbian broadcaster RTS that the country demanded action from authorities over remarks made during the match, including the chant: “Kill, kill, kill the Serb”.

Surbatovic told RTS the FSS would seek sanctions from UEFA “even at the cost of not continuing the competition”.

Despite the protest, Serbia took to the field on Thursday to play Slovenia.

Meanwhile, UEFA, the governing body of European football, said they have opened a probe into the matter.

An ethics and disciplinary inspector has been appointed to “conduct an investigation regarding potential racist and/or discriminatory conduct by supporters” during the match, a statement said.

A probe has also been opened in “relation to the alleged inappropriate behaviour of the Albanian Football Association (FSHF) player Mirlind Daku”, the statement added.

Serbian media reported that Daku initiated vulgar chants against Serbs and Macedonians.

The Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM) condemned Daku’s “nationalist chants” and announced an official letter to UEFA over his “scandalous behaviour”.

The federation in a statement called on Daku to “publicly apologise for his behaviour”.

Late on Thursday, Daku asked for forgiveness from those he had offended, arguing that the “effect of the game takes its toll”.

“I feel a moral and professional obligation to do so, for all those who have been hurt,” he said on Facebook.

Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic brushed off the issue as “not important” after his side’s 1-1 draw with Slovenia on Thursday kept them in contention for the next round.

“Please ask me about the game. For me this is not important, I’m just focusing on the game,” he told reporters. - AFP

“Honestly, I didn’t read anything. Believe me or not, but it’s true.” — AFP

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